Powered by a pair of solo shots, the Phils blank the Padres, 3-0, starting their western visit with a win.

The Phils start off their western trip with a 3-0 blanking of the Padres.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ben Francisco hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils made it a 2-0 lead as, with one man out, Brian Schneider hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Placido Polanco, a walk by Jimmy Rollins, sending Polanco on to second base, and a walk by Raul Ibanez, with the runners both moving up a base, and with one man out, Francisco hits a sacrifice fly, that would be dropped by right fielder Chris Denorfia for a fielding error, allowing Polanco to score, while sending Rollins to third base, and Ibanez up to second base. The Phils would then miss several opportunities to bust the game open, while their starter Roy Oswalt would show that he has recovered nicely from his bad back injury as he threw six shut out innings, giving up only one hit, a two-out fifth inning single to Denorfia, and two walks, while he struck out seven. The Padres then threaten in the bottom of the seventh as, with two outs, they loaded up the bases via a single to Nick Hundley, and walks to Cameron Maybin, moving Hundley up to second base, and to pinch hitter Will Venable, sending both runners up one base, before Antonio Bastardo came in and shut the door by getting pinch hitter Alberto Gonzalez to fly out. The Padres made one last attempt in the ninth as, they put two men on, with two men out, before Jose Contreras finally ended the game as he recorded his fifth save of the year as he struck out Brad Hawpe looking.

Roy Oswalt (3-0, 1.88) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up just one hit and two walks, while he struck out seven. David Herndon pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks, as he received his first hold of the season. Antonio Bastardo recorded his first hold of the year, as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Contreras recorded his fifth save as he gave up a hit and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Mat Latos (0-3, 5.94) took the lost as he pitched only four and one-third innings, giving up three runs on four hits and five walks, while striking out seven. Cory Luebke, Pat Neshek and Chad Qualls followed with four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Luebke (1), Neshek (2)) and two walks (Neshek and Qualls with one walk each), while striking out three (Luebke) between them. Oswalt showed that his back was okay, while the Phils pitching performed its fourth shut out of the season.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ben Francisco (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Pete Orr (Single). Brian Schneider (Home Run, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils offense blew several opportunities during the game to bust it wide open.

The Phils (12-6, 1st NL East) continue their four-game series with the Padres (8-11, 5th NL West) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Petco Park and will start at 10:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm PDT). Coel Hamels (1-1, 4.32), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on April 17, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 win, will pitch for the Phils. He will be trying to continue the Phils’ present winning streak in Petco Park, while trying to pick up his second win of the year. The Padres will counter with Clayton Richard (1-0, 4.50), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Astros on April 17, as he pitched five and one-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Padres’ 8-6 win. He will also be trying for his second win of the season. The Phils will try to take a 2-0 lead in the series behind Hamels’ pitching arm.

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