Braves vs Padres: Max Fried faces Yu Darvish in series finale at Petco Park

The Atlanta Braves will try to bounce back from a disappointing loss to the San Diego Padres on Saturday night when they face them again on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park.

The Braves had a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning, but the Padres rallied for four runs against the Atlanta bullpen to steal a 6-4 victory. The loss snapped the Braves’ four-game winning streak and reduced their lead in the NL East to 2.5 games over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Braves will send left-hander Max Fried (11-7, 3.49 ERA) to the mound for the series finale. Fried has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since the All-Star break, going 6-1 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 starts.

He has allowed two runs or fewer in nine of those outings, and has struck out 67 batters while walking only 12 in 62.1 innings. Fried faced the Padres on June 5 at Truist Park and tossed six scoreless innings in a 4-2 win.

The Padres will counter with right-hander Yu Darvish (8-9, 3.95 ERA), who is looking to bounce back from a rough outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. Darvish gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks in four innings, taking his third straight loss.

He has not won a game since July 21, and has seen his ERA rise from 3.09 to 3.95 in that span. Darvish also faced the Braves on June 5 and took the loss after allowing four runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings.

The Braves will hope to get more production from their offense, which was held to six hits on Saturday night. Freddie Freeman hit his 30th home run of the season, becoming the first Braves player to hit 30 or more homers in four consecutive seasons since Hank Aaron (1969-73).

Ozzie Albies also homered for the Braves, his 27th of the year. The Braves lead the majors with 206 home runs this season.

The Padres will try to keep their momentum going after a thrilling comeback win on Saturday night. Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his 38th home run of the season, tying him with Shohei Ohtani for the major league lead.

Tatis also stole his 25th base of the year, becoming the second player in Padres history to have a 30-20 season after Wil Myers (2017). Adam Frazier had three hits and two RBIs for the Padres, including a go-ahead single in the eighth inning.

The Padres are still fighting for a wild card spot in the NL, trailing the Cincinnati Reds by one game for the second spot. The Padres have won four of their last five games after losing eight of their previous nine.

The Braves and the Padres will wrap up their season series on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET. The Braves have won four of the six meetings so far this year.

Final Thoughts: Braves Look to Rebound Against Padres with Max Fried on the Mound

The Atlanta Braves are looking to rebound from a disappointing loss to the San Diego Padres on Saturday night, where they gave up a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning. The Braves will send left-hander Max Fried to the mound, who has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since the All-Star break.

Fried boasts a 6-1 record with a 1.60 ERA in 10 starts, and he has allowed two runs or fewer in nine of those outings. He faced the Padres earlier this season and tossed six scoreless innings in a 4-2 win.

On the other hand, the Padres will counter with Yu Darvish, who has struggled in his last three outings. Darvish has not won a game since July 21 and has seen his ERA rise from 3.09 to 3.95 in that span.

In his previous outing against the Braves, Darvish took the loss after allowing four runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings.

The Braves will hope for more production from their offense, which was held to just six hits on Saturday night. Freddie Freeman hit his 30th home run of the season, while Ozzie Albies added his 27th.

The Braves lead the majors with 206 home runs this season, and they will need their offense to fire on all cylinders to take the series from the Padres.

Meanwhile, the Padres are still fighting for a wild card spot in the NL, trailing the Cincinnati Reds by just one game for the second spot. Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his 38th home run of the season on Saturday, tying him with Shohei Ohtani for the major league lead.

Tatis also stole his 25th base of the year, becoming the second player in Padres history to have a 30-20 season after Wil Myers (2017). The Padres have won four of their last five games after losing eight of their previous nine, and they will be looking to keep their momentum going.

In conclusion, Sunday’s game between the Braves and the Padres will be an important one, as both teams are looking to improve their playoff positioning.

The Braves will be counting on Max Fried to shut down the Padres’ offense, while the Padres will be hoping for Yu Darvish to bounce back from his recent struggles. With the Braves holding a 4-2 lead in the season series, the Padres will be looking to even the score and keep their playoff hopes alive.