SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 29: Eric Stults #53 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park on August 29, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
This time, defensive miscues Atlanta helped the Padres cruise to an 8-2 series clinching win on Wednesday night.
Stults scattered five hits and one run over six innings while walking none and striking out five. He pounded the strike zone all afternoon, throwing 61 of his 90 pitches for strikes. Stults also had 12 swing and misses, including five on his changeup.
Things held scoreless until the fourth inning, when San Diego finally got to struggling Braves starter Tommy Hanson. Hanson walked Yasmani Grandal to start the frame, then allowed a single to Mark Kotsay two batters later that advanced Grandal to third.
With runners on first and third, Logan Forsythe doubled to left, scoring Grandal to make it a 1-0 game. Cameron Maybin followed with a groundout to third that plated Kotsay, upping San Diego's advantage to 2-0.
Unfortunately, The #Barves made an appearance in the fifth inning. A pop up to third base by Everth Cabrera hit the ground as Chipper Jones and Janish bumped into each other trying to make the catch. Will Venable followed with a bunt that Hanson tried and failed to barehand.
Venable stole second, and Chase Headley followed with a single to right field. Jason Heyward's throw home appeared to be on line, but it was cut off for some reason. That allowed both Cabrera and Venable to score and make it 4-1.
Hanson left two batters later, finishing with a line of 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.