On Wednesday, the San Diego Padres visit the St. Louis Cardinals in a National League showdown.
The Padres lost to the Cardinals on Monday in the first game of this series 5-2. Jose Martinez and Marcell Ozuna each hit two-run home runs while Jack Flaherty pitched until the seventh inning. Martinez has now hit five home runs over his last five games. He leads the NL in three-hit games with 10. Jedd Gyorko hit a homer for the Cards in the eighth. Flaherty allowed three hits and one run with six strikeouts and one walk over 6 1/3 innings. Bud Norris notched his 13th save of the season. Jordan Lyles took the loss for San Diego to fall to 2-3 after allowing 4 runs on 11 hits over six innings.
Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with a .287 batting average. Christian Villanueva leads the team in home runs with 15 and RBIs with 35. San Diego has a team batting average of .233, while opposing hitters are averaging .256 at the plate against Padres pitching. On Wednesday, the Padres will send Eric Lauer to the mound. The southpaw this season is 2-4 with an ERA of 6.64, 38 Ks and 24 BBs.
Jose Martinez leads the Cardinals with a batting average of .327 and team highs in hits with 74, in home runs with 10 and RBIs with 42. St. Louis has a team batting average of .244 while opposing hitters are averaging the same .239 at the plate against Cardinals pitching. On Wednesday, the Cardinals will send Luke Weaver to the mound. The right-hander this season is 3-5 with an ERA of 4.35, 60 Ks and 25 BBs.