Series preview: at Padres
When (TV): 10:05 p.m. Friday (SPSO); 8:35 p.m. Saturday (SPSO); 4:05 p.m. Sunday (FSSO)
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Friday: Braves RH Derek Lowe (3-5, 4.10 ERA) vs. RH Tim Stauffer (2-5, 3.13)
Saturday: Braves RH Jair Jurrjens (9-3, 2.11 ERA) vs. RH Dustin Moseley (2-6, 3.02)
Sunday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (6-6, 3.73) vs. LH Cory Luebke (1-2, 3.23)
About the Braves:
• Batting: Brian McCann homered in consecutive games against the Blue Jays and has hit four home runs in his last five games, while hitting .438 (7-for-16). He leads all major league catchers with 13 home runs on the season. Jason Heyward has hit .368 (14-for-38) with a home run and nine RBIs in nine career games against the Padres.
• Pitching: Lowe hasn’t won a game since his no-hit bid in Philadelphia on May 6. Since then he’s gone 0-2 with a 4.96 ERA in eight starts. He’s allowed eight runs in 10 1/3 innings over his past two starts. He’s 5-3 with a 2.76 ERA in 16 career starts against the Padres, including a no-decision April 25 in San Diego when he allowed two runs in six innings.
• Miscellaneous: The Braves took two of three in their first trip to Petco Park this season in late April, scoring 15 runs in the last two games, and lost two of three to the Padres at Turner Field in late May.
About the Padres:
• Batting: The Padres rank second-to-last in the majors in batting average (.233) and runs scored (257). Chase Headley became the first Padre to ever collect three four-hit games on one road trip. He hit .474 (18-for-38) with four doubles, five RBIs and five runs in nine games at Colorado, Minnesota and Boston.
• Pitching: Stauffer, a No. 4 overall pick in the 2003 draft, has allowed only one earned run in 22 innings over his past three starts but won only once, 2-0 vs. the Rockies, due to a lack of run support…Luebke makes his first start of the season after spending the first three months in the bullpen. He went 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in three starts last September.
• Miscellaneous: The Padres snapped a six-game losing streak by winning two in a row over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Padres are only 14-26 at home this year, 18-18 on the road.