When the clubs close the Seattle half of a four-game home-and-home Interleague series on Tuesday afternoon, Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias will be looking to regain his form from two weeks ago, while Padres southpaw Eric Stults wants to return to a couple of years ago.
Stults (2-8) has struggled to find a rhythm this season, carrying a 5.79 ERA and registering only four quality starts in 14 games. Prior to this year, Stults was 19-16 with a 3.62 ERA in 1 1/2 seasons with the Padres.
In his last three starts, Stults is 0-3 with a 9.45 ERA and has allowed opponents to post a .356/.381/.610 slash line. Philadelphia tagged Stults for four runs on eight hits in five innings Thursday.
"[Stults] gave us an opportunity in the middle part of the game to flip the momentum to our side," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He did his part for the time he was out there."
Stults has only started one game against the Mariners, an eight-inning, one-run showing on May 29, 2013, when he struck out a career-high 12.
Elias, meanwhile, has to bounce back from his shortest outing of the season, a 3 1/3-inning performance against the Yankees on Thursday. He allowed six runs on six hits and three walks. The loss to the Yankees snapped his two-game winning streak.
"He didn't have command of his pitches," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "His changeup was cutting, his fastball was erratic, and he left some breaking balls up. It just wasn't his night. It happens sometimes."
In his previous two starts, Elias (5-5) threw a three-hit shutout against the Tigers before twirling 7 2/3 innings of five-hit ball against the Rays. But a month after a 10-strikeout performance in a win at Yankee Stadium, he allowed a career-high six earned runs Thursday.
"My control was OK. I just left a few pitches out over the plate," Elias said through interpreter Fernando Alcala. "I still felt good out there, I just made some bad pitches. It's just baseball. Sometimes you get the results you want, sometimes you don't."
Padres: Remembering Gwynn
It was a somber Monday for the Padres' organization after the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who played all 20 of his Major League seasons for San Diego.
Former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who played with Gwynn from 1993-2001, considers himself fortunate to have had Gwynn as a teammate. And don't think he didn't pick up a few things along the way.
"We were so lucky and privileged to see that," Hoffman said. "He was so important to San Diego. I think the biggest thing for me was how he handled things, how he took the pressure off teammates. Everyone in the clubhouse has a job and a responsibility. His focus was going about his business and making sure things ran smoother."
Mariners: Beimel won't forget Gwynn's last home run
Gwynn wasn't known for his power, but reliever Joe Beimel certainly recalls the final home run of the Hall of Famer's career. Beimel, now 37, gave up Gwynn's only long ball in his last season on Aug. 11, 2001, when Beimel was a rookie starter for the Pirates.
Beimel recalled the moment Monday after Gwynn's death from cancer at age 54.
"I actually took pride that I gave up his final home run," said Beimel. "I kept watching the box scores the rest of the season to see if he'd have another one and when he didn't, I said, 'Yes!' ... It wasn't that cool at the time. But now it's pretty cool."
• The Mariners are 5-2-1 over the last eight season series against the Padres.
• San Diego's first-round pick, shortstop Trea Turner from North Carolina State, made his professional debut Monday for short-season Eugene of the Northwest League. Turner struck out in his first at-bat before getting a single his second time up. Turner was the No. 13 overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft on June 5.
Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.