Major League Baseball
Preview
San Francisco at San Diego
When: 9:10 PM ET, Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, California

San Diego Padres rookie Franmil Reyes wasn’t part of the team’s long-term plans when the season began, but the hulking right fielder is forcing his way into the picture with an impressive second half. Reyes is riding a 10-game hitting streak for the Padres, who look to avoid a three-game sweep against the visiting San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.

The 6-5, 275-pound Reyes homered and drove in three runs in Tuesday’s 5-4 loss as San Diego fell to 1-4 on its six-game homestand. Leadoff man Freddy Galvis went 4-for-5 while hitting in front of Reyes, who is 14-for-36 during his streak and batting a major league-leading .385 (30-for-78) with seven homers in 24 games since Aug. 21. San Francisco recorded its sixth consecutive victory against the Padres on Tuesday behind another productive effort from rookie Chris Shaw, who recorded two RBIs and has gone 6-for-10 over his last three games after collecting one hit in 22 at-bats over his first 11 contests. Hunter Pence, who likely is playing his final 10 games with the Giants, snapped a 3-for-29 slump by going 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in Tuesday's win.

TV: 9:10 p.m. ET, NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco), FS San Diego

PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Chris Stratton (10-9, 4.66 ERA) vs. Padres LH Robbie Erlin (3-7, 4.27)

Stratton recorded the first complete game and shutout of his career on Friday, allowing two hits while striking out seven in a 2-0 win over Colorado. The 28-year-old native of Mississippi has posted a 2.10 ERA in five starts since rejoining the rotation on Aug. 21. Stratton owns a 2-2 record and 3.15 ERA in four career games (three starts) against San Diego - including seven scoreless innings at Petco Park on April 12, when he allowed one hit in a 7-0 victory.

Erlin lost his fourth straight start on Friday but earned praise from manager Andy Green after giving up two runs - one earned - and six hits over 5 1/3 innings against Texas. “I thought he was as good as he’s been all year as a starter,” Green told reporters. The 27-year-old Bay Area native is 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA in seven career games (four starts) versus San Francisco – including a 4.76 ERA in three relief appearances this season.

WALK-OFFS

1. Ten of the 15 games between the Giants and Padres this season have been decided by three runs or fewer.

2. The Padres are expected to start rookie pitchers Eric Lauer, Jacob Nix and Joey Lucchesi in this weekend’s series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

3. The Giants have been successful in 27 of their last 28 stolen-base attempts.

PREDICTION: Giants 6, Padres 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
San Francisco 72-80 W2 41-34 31-46 16-17 11-19 37-32 8-12
San Diego 60-92 L2 28-49 32-43 15-17 16-18 22-44 7-13
Last Meeting
San Francisco San Diego
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/18/18 SF 5 SD 4 .243 1 .660 .265 1 .800
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco B. Crawford .327 16 .903
San Diego C. Villanueva .273 12 .930
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco E. Longoria 2 7 6
San Diego C. Villanueva 3 4 8
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 3.13 .257 123
San Diego 3.48 .226 138
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco B. Crawford .255 128 .717
San Diego E. Hosmer .249 144 .711
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco E. Longoria 16 49 52
San Diego H. Renfroe 23 49 63
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 3.78 .241 1188
San Diego 4.44 .235 1298