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Phils 2 Out Of 1st, Take 2 of 3 from Padres

The Phillies had a miserable road trip on the west coast as they went 2-5 against the Dodgers and Padres. They could not hold 2 leads against the Dodgers and they lost in the ninth inning both games. Against the Padres though, they did a little better conserving leads. The offense is still sluggish and there is cause for concern in Philly with only 39 games left in the season and a rough schedule upcoming after the Nationals visit Citizens Bank Park. The Mets are playing great baseball and their schedule is pretty easy from here on out so the Phillies will definitely have to play solid baseball if they want to win the division or even the wild card for that matter.

Philadelphia Phillies merchandise In the first game the Phillies sent ageless wonder, Jamie Moyer to the mound against the Greg Maddux of the San Diego Padres. A pitcher’s battle it was the entire game, even after Maddux gave up Pat Burrell’s bomb, his 28th home run of the year to break the scoreless tie in the seventh inning. This homer would prove to be the decisive factor in the game as the Phillies snapped their 4 game losing streak and beat the Padres 1-0. Moyer gave up only three hits in seven shutout innings improving to 11-7. Maddux gave up five hits and only the one run through seven innings as he dropped to 6-9. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out two while picking up his 29 th save in 29 chances this season.

In the second game the Phillies once again blew a lead, but this time it was early in the game. The Phillies held a 3-1 lead early in the game before San Diego put up a five spot against Kyle Kendrick in the fourth inning. Brian Giles cleared the bases with a double as he drove in four overall in the game and that put the Padres up 5-3 and the Padres wouldn’t look back as they beat the Phillies 8-3 in rookie Chad Reineke’s first start. Reineke gave up three earned in five innings and he walked three but he picked up the win. On the other hand, Kyle Kendrick only went three and a third innings for the second straight start and he gave up six earned in taking his 7th loss of the year. Shane Victorino went 2-4 with an RBI to lead the Phillies and Jody Gerut had three hits to lead the Padres.

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In the rubber game of the series the Phillies mustered up just enough offense for Cole Hamels as the Phillies won 2-1 Sunday night. Cole Hamels had not gotten a decision in his last seven starts despite posting an earned run average of under 3. This time the Phillies were able to help him get a win though as Pat Burrell haunted the Padres again with his 29th home run of the year. Cole Hamels pitched eight solid innings giving up just one run and striking out three in picking up his 10th win of the year. Burrell went 2-3 with the homer to lead the Phillies and Jimmy Rollins went 1-4 with his 31st stolen base of the season. Baek pitched a solid game for the Padres but the Padres couldn’t get anything going against Hamels, Baek pitched six innings giving up only one earned run striking out five. Brad Lidge struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 30th save.

The Phillies ended their road trip with a 2-5 record and now they return to Philly to take on the last place Nationals before their schedule gets really tough. The Phillies will welcome the Dodgers to Citizens Bank after the Nationals leave town and don’t forget the Dodgers just swept Philly in a 4 game series in L.A. The pitching probables are as follows:

  • J. Bergmann (2-9) vs. J. Blanton (6-12)
  • C. Balester (2-5) vs. B. Myers (5-10)
  • T. Redding (8-8) vs. T.B.A.


By Andrew Nuscis
Philadelphia Phillies & Tampa Bay Rays Correspondent

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