Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Atlanta1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 470
San Diego0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 030
  W: M. Fried (13-7)   L: R. Knehr (1-1)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)8:10 PM CT, September 24, 2021
Petco Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 33,265

Desperate for wins, Padres go for two vs. Braves

According to STATS
According to STATS

Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres

  1. Atlanta and San Diego split a pair of games in July, their only previous series this season, with both teams scoring a total of four runs. The Braves are 12-15 this season against NL West teams but are 62-42 against the rest of the National League.
  2. The Padres beat the Giants on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep and have won three of their last 13 games. San Diego is 11-26 since Aug. 11 and its pitching staff has posted a 5.38 ERA over that span after having a 3.53 ERA in the team's first 115 games.
  3. The Braves are 4-3 on their current road trip after taking three of four in Arizona this week. Atlanta has hit a home run in nine of its last 10 games and leads the National League with 37 home runs in September.
  4. Fernando Tatis Jr. is batting .301 this month after hitting .228 in August and has driven in a run in three of his last four games. Tatis is hitting .389 with runners in scoring position this season, second only to Juan Soto (.410).
  5. Adam Duvall leads the National League with 66 road RBIs this season. Since acquiring Duvall midseason, the Braves are 16-6 when he drives in at least one run.
  6. Austin Riley has hit a home run in three straight games for the Braves and is batting .359 with a 1.051 OPS over his last nine games, all against NL West opponents. Riley is slashing .251/.318/.475 against his own division this season and is slashing .347/.412/.587 against all other opponents.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2021 thru 9/26/2021

Needing a miracle over the final 10 games of the regular season, the San Diego Padres get to use their wild card in the National League wild-card race when they open, in essence, a four-game home series against the Atlanta Braves on Friday afternoon.

The day will begin with the Padres (77-75) six games out of the National League's final playoff spot, but could end with San Diego chopping two games off the deficit if all goes well.

That would require two losses by the St. Louis Cardinals (83-69) in a road doubleheader in Chicago against the Cubs, and then a Padres sweep of a suspended game and the regularly scheduled game against the Braves on the West Coast.

The Padres will take the field defensively for the suspended game with a 5-4 lead and the Braves batting in the bottom of the fifth. Because rain halted the July 21 contest in Atlanta as the second game of a doubleheader, it will go just seven innings.

Left-hander Max Fried (12-7, 3.31 ERA) is scheduled to start the regularly scheduled "nightcap" for the Braves. The Padres, who used all four of their healthy starters in a hard-fought, three-game series with the San Francisco Giants, likely will call upon their relievers to carry them through not only the end of the suspended game but also the regulation nine innings.

The Braves (80-71) saw a four-game winning streak end Thursday afternoon in a 6-4 road loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Atlanta's lead atop the NL East was trimmed to two games when the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates later Thursday.

Fried didn't pitch when the Braves and Padres split games in what was supposed to be a three-game series in Atlanta in July.

The Southern California native has never pitched in San Diego, but did beat the Padres in their only previous head-to-head, allowing one run and four hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings in the 2019 contest in Atlanta.

Fried hasn't lost since July 28 against the New York Mets, going 5-0 with four no-decisions and posting a 1.71 ERA over that stretch.

The series will match two history-making middle infielders in Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies and Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

Albies belted his 30th home run Wednesday in a win at Arizona, becoming the first Braves second baseman to have a 30-homer, 100-RBI season and youngest second baseman in major league history to accomplish the feat.

"I never see him have a bad day," Braves manager Brian Snitker said one day before Albies added a double, two singles and his 101st RBI to his impressive season. "His attitude is off the charts. He's just a cool young man."

At almost the same time, 350 miles to the west on Wednesday, Tatis became the first shortstop at age 22 or younger to have a 40-homer season when he smacked his 40th in a loss to San Francisco.

"Crazy impressive," Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. "He's had to handle a lot of adversity."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 24, 2021