Saturday's contest between the Padres and the Giants will not have any postseason implications, but it will feature two pitchers looking for success.
San Diego's Eric Stults is 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA in his last three starts, but he will be looking to avenge his first start of September, an outing in which he gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Giants.
"He's been a consistent guy, day in and day out, from the start of Spring Training … A guy we don't have to worry about," Padres manager Bud Black said after Stults' most recent outing.
Meanwhile, Giants starter Yusmeiro Petit will look to build upon the success he has had at AT&T Park this season. Including the near-perfect game he threw against the Braves on Sept. 6, Petit has a 2.25 ERA in three starts in the Bay Area this season.
Petit has not pitched a lot for the Giants this season, but he has nevertheless managed to impress Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
"He's gotten so much better with his secondary pitches -- his curve, cutter and changeup," Bochy said. "You look at the games he's won -- Colorado, Arizona and on the big stage [at Yankee Stadium] -- and he's really done a good job of pitching well."
Padres: Ross looks to finish strong
When Tyson Ross takes the ball in Sunday's series finale, he will be motivated for a couple of reasons.
Not only will the Bay Area native want to pitch well in front of his family and friends, but he also wants to leave a lasting impression with the Padres, as he hopes to earn a spot in the 2014 rotation.
Since Ross was reinserted in the rotation after the All-Star break, he is 3-4 with a 2.80 ERA.
"He has really taken off; there's no doubt about it," Black said. "Tyson has pitched outstanding. The won-loss [record] really doesn't indicate it … If he continues to pitch like this moving into next year, a lot of good things are in store for him."
Giants: Pence honored
Prior to Friday's game against the Padres, the Giants presented Hunter Pence with the 2013 Willie Mac Award.
The award, named after Willie McCovey, is given to the team's most inspirational player.
"He's really amazing," Bochy said. "I don't know of another player I've ever had who played every game -- not just played, but the way he plays and the intensity that he plays with. He's so popular in that clubhouse. He's full of energy. He's a baseball player. He just loves the game. The passion's there every day. He doesn't back off. ... This is a well-deserved award."
In each of Pence's six full seasons, he has played in at least 156 games. If he is in the lineup Saturday and Sunday, he will become the first Giant since the team moved to San Francisco to start all 162 regular season games.
• The Giants have won 10 of 17 games against Padres this season.
• Pence has hit .318 (7-for-22) off Stults in his career.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.