San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres offense returned to form last night as they wasted many scoring opportunities and fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1.
Closer Joaquin Benoit would shut down the Pirates in the 9th to seal the win.
Padres starter Eric Stults improved to (5-13) on the season and picked up his first road win, after allowing only one run on seven hits and six strikeouts in six innings of work.
To Stults credit every time his spot in the rotation has been at risk, he has been able to pitch well enough to remain in his spot. After his best start of the season last week, pitching 6.2 shutout innings and today’s start, Sults has now allowed only one run in 12.2 innings of work.
The Padres will look to win the three-game series tomorrow, as all-star pitcher Tyson Ross (10-10, 2.62 ERA) will take the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates.