Atlanta (67-51) at San Diego (64-55)

Fair Currently: San Diego, CA
Temp: 62° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Wed Aug 18, 2004
  • TV: ESPN2, Ch4
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San Diego starter David Wells loves pitching against the Atlanta Braves.

Wells looks to continue his domination of Atlanta as the Padres conclude their three-game series with the Braves at Petco Park.

Wells has made three regular-season starts against the Braves, going 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA against them. He has allowed just two runs in 22 innings of work.

The 41-year-old left-hander beat the Braves 2-0 on May 5, allowing five hits in seven scoreless innings.

“He never shows you the same pitch twice,” Atlanta second baseman Marcus Giles said. “He moves the ball in and out, changes speeds. It’s my first time ever to face him. He’s tough.”

Atlanta sluggers Chipper Jones and J.D. Drew both missed that game with injuries, but the Braves were still impressed with Wells.

“Nothing was over the middle of the plate—ever,” said Atlanta infielder Mark DeRosa, who struck out twice with runners in scoring position.

Wells has even dominated the Braves in the postseason. In the 1992 World Series, while still with Toronto, he allowed just one hit in 4 1-3 innings of work out of the bullpen, helping the Blue Jays to a 4-2 series win.

The Padres pounded the Braves 11-6 on Tuesday, winning for just the second time in nine home games.

Brian Giles and Phil Nevin had back-to-back homers for San Diego, and Freddy Guzman had a hit, a run and an RBI in his major league debut.

Chipper Jones homered for the fifth straight game for the Braves, who lost for just the fourth time in 21 road games. Adam LaRoche added a blast in the ninth inning.

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8-7 Record 12-8
3.94 ERA 3.73
79 K 101
19 BB 20
1.24 WHIP 1.14