April 2012

The Phils’ winning streak at Petco Park comes to an end as they lose to the Padres, 5-1.

The Phils thirteen-game winning streak at Petco Park is brought to an end as their offensive woes resurface in their lost to the Padres, 5-1.

The Padres took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded via walks to Yonder Alonso, Cameron Maybin and Jason Bartlett, as Phils’ starter Roy Halladay uncharacteristically misses the plate with his pitches, and with one man out, Orlando Hudson hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, as second baseman Freddy Galvis makes a great play to keep the ball from going into right field for a base hit, bringing in Alonso, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead, while sending Maybin to third base and Bartlett up to second base. The Padres added to their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Alonso hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Headley, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Nick Hundley’s single, giving the Padres a 2-0 lead, while sending Hundley, who had just singled, on to third. The Padres increased their lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Bartlett hits an RBI double, knocking in Maybin, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead. The Padres then took a 4-0 lead as Hudson hits an RBI triple, scoring Bartlett. The Padres then made it a 5-0 lead as pinch hitter Jesus Guzman hits an RBI single, knocking in Hudson. The Phils would finally get on the board in the ninth as, with a man on third and with two men out, Ty Wigginton hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to first second, and then to third on defensive indifference, making it a 5-1 Padres’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Hudson Street ended the game by striking out Galvis, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (3-1, 1.50) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, while he struck out five. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Cory Luebke (2-1, 2.52) got the win as he went eight strong scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out five. Hudson Street pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had only three hits in the ballgame, singles by Placido Polanco and Roy Halladay and an RBI double by Ty Wigginton, as the team continue not being patient with opposing starters. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (7-8, T-4th East) will conclude their series with the Padres (4-12, 5th West) with an afternoon game later today. The game will be played at Petco Park and will begin at 4:05 pm EDT (1:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 4.26), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on April 17, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. Blanton will be trying to recover from his last start, while trying to see if he can lead the Phils to the series win. The Padres will counter with Anthony Bass (0-2, 3.38), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on April 17, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Padres’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to see if he can lead to Padres to a series split. The Phils will be trying to win their first series on the road, and their second of the young season.

Cliff Lee is placed on the 15-game disabled list as he had suffered a left oblique strain.

Yesterday, the Phils announced that they have placed Cliff Lee on the fifteen-game disabled list with a left oblique strain. Lee hurt him left side at some point while he was pitching the 1oth inning of last Wednesday’s lost to the Giants and his body got sore the next day. Deciding not to take any chances, the Phils have decided to place him on the dl, retroactive to last Thursday, to let his body heal.

As the Phils wait for Lee to get better, hoping that he will only miss two starts, Kyle Kendrick will take over Lee’s Monday night start against the D-backs, while they have recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley Joe Savery, who had been sent down last Monday when Jose Contreras was activated. Savery will more than likely be joining the team in Phoenix tomorrow.

The Phils continue their visit to San Diego as they go for their fourteenth straight win at Petco Park.

The Phils will be going for their fourteen straight win at Petco Park as they continue their visit with the Padres.

The Phils (7-7, 5th East) continue their trip to San Diego as they plan to go for their third straight win. They will be visting the Padres (3-12, 5th West) as they try to break both their losing straight and the Phils present overall winning streak at their home park. The game will be played at Petco Park and will be starting early at 8:35 pm EDT (5:35 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.17), who is coming off a win against the Giants on April 16, where he pitched eight strong innings, giving up only two runs on seven hits and three walks, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 5-2 win. Halladay career record against the Padres is 3-0 with a 1.90 ERA, while he struck out 29 Padres. He will be going for his fourth straight victory of the seasom, as well as his fourth victory against the Padres, while trying to help pitch the Phils to their fourteenth straight win at Petco Park. The Padres will try to counter with Cory Luebke (1-1, 3.71), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on April 16, as he threw seven strong innings of his own, as he gave up only a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four, in the Padres’ 7-1 blowout. Luebke has an 0-1 career record against the Phils with an ERA of 2.25, while striking out seven Phils. He will be trying to stop the Padres present losing streak, while trying to even up his career record against the Phils.  The Phils will be out to win their first series on the road, while trying to increase their team record to fourteen straight win at Petco Park.

The Phils reward Cole Hamels second straight great start with a late four-run outburst as they defeat the Padres, 4-1.

The Phils reward Cole Hamels strong start by scoring four run as they beat the Padres, 4-1.

The Padres broke up a 0-0 pitchers’ duel in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jesus Guzman hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Cameron Maybin, who had started off the inning with a triple, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at 1-1 in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton, and then a bunt single by Freddy Galvis, as he was making a sacrifice bunt attempt, which allowed both Victorino and Wigginton to move up a base, and with nobody out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, while sending Wigginton to third base, and Galvis up to second base, leaving the bases loaded. Two batters later, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, the Phils took the lead as Juan Pierre hits a two-run single, scoring both Wigginton and Galvis, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Schneider up to second base. The Phils then added to their lead in the eighth as, with one man out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fifth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Orlando Hudson, looking, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.95) got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up just one run on six scattered hits and a walk, while striking out four. Jose Contreras gets his first hold of the season, as he made his first official appearance after rejoining the ballclub on Monday, as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Chad Qualls collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fifth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Edinson Volquez (0-2, 4.30) took the lost as he pitched six innings plus three batters, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. Andrew Cashner blew his first save opportunity of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Josh Spence pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on four hits. Joe Thatcher pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up no hits.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Single, Home Run, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Singles), Freddy Galvis (Singles) and Brian Schneider (Singles, RBI) all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single) and Cole Hamels (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits, as this time the team was able to get the key hits they needed in their three-run seventh. The Phils also had three walks.

The Phils (7-7, 5th East) will continue their four-game series with the Padres (3-12, 5th West) with a game later today. The game will be played at Petco Park, and will start at 8:35 pm EDT (5:35 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.17), who is coming off a victory against the Giants on April 16, as he went eight strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 5-2 win. He will be going for his fourth straight victory, while trying to help pitch the Phils to their fourteenth straight win at Petco Park. The Padres will try to counter with Cory Luebke (1-1, 3.71), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on April 16, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four, in the Padres’ 7-1 blowout. He will be trying to stop the Padres present losing streak. The Phils will be out to win their fourteenth straight game at Petco Park, while trying to make Doc a four game winner.

The Phils continue their trip to San Diego, as the put Cole Hamels onto the mound.

The Phils, as their offense continue to act anemic, are still able to bring an end a two-game losing streak as they are able to push across the plate two runs, single runs in the first and ninth innings, while being unable to add more runs in either inning, as Vance Worley threw a good game against the Padres, pitching himself out of three jams, one of which was helped by the Padres running themselves into a strikeout-doubleplay to end a runners on the corners, one out, threat.

The Phils (6-7, 5th East) will continue their four-game series with the Padres (3-11, 5th West) with a night game later tonight. The game is to be played at Petco Park and will start at 10:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm PDT). The Phils will be sending to the mound Cole Hamels (1-1, 3.65), whose last start was a win against the Mets on April 15, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 8-2 win. Career-wise, Hamels have controled his home town team, going 6-2 against them with an ERA of 2.28, while he had struck out 60 Padres. He will be going for his second straight win of the season, while trying to continue his dominace of the Padres, while hoping to give the Phils another pitching gem on this road trip, as he, and the team in general, waits for the offense to final start hitting. The Padres plan to counter with Edinson Volquez (0-1, 4.24), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 15, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and five walks, as he struck out only two, in the Padres’ 5-4 lost. He had so far handled the Phils, going 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA, as he struck out 16 Phils. Volquez is still looking for his first win of 2012, as he hope that he can take advantage of the Phils’ present batting troubles. The Phils’ offense will be trying to get back on track offensively, as they hope to add to their new team record for most consecutive wins in an opposing team’s home park.

As their hitting woes continue, the Phils are still able to give Vance Worley his first victory of 2012, as they defeat the Padres, 2-0.

The Phils’ bad news offense is still able to score enough runs in support of a strong effort by Vance Worley, as they defeat the Padres, 2-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Placido Polanco’s single to left, before going on to third on left fielder Will Venable’s fielding error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils threaten to add more as Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino followed with singles, loading up the bases, but Padres’s starter, rookie Joe Wieland, is able to get out of the inning, as he first got John Mayberry, Jr. to pop out to the second baseman, putting the infield fly rule into effect, and then getting Carlos Ruiz to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Victorino at second base, for the inning’s final out. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Wieland, who would settle down and allow the Phils to have only two more hits against him, as he struck out seven, as the offense continue to have its problem putting together rallies, and then the Padres’ bullpen, and Phils’ starter Vance Worley, who would pitch an excellent game against the Padres, as he struck out a career-high eleven Padres, while pitching out of a man on third, no outs, jam in the second, and then a first and third, one man out, jam in the fifth, as he struck out Jeremy Hermida, swinging, for the inning’s second out, before Ruiz would throw to second base, trying to catch stealing Chase Headley, who had just singled, who then stopped in front of second base as Rollins catches the ball, trying to start a run down so that Venable, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Cameron Maybin’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, for the inning’s first out, and then went up to third base on Headley’s single, could head for home during the run down to tie up the ballgame, but, Rollins did not bite, and instead threw home, beating Venable to the plate, as Ruiz put on the tag for the inning’s final out, keeping it a 1-o Phils’ lead, and then, finally, a two on, two out, jam in the seventh, as he struck out pinch hitter Mark Kotsay, looking. The Phils finally added an insurance run in the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Pence, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Victorino’s single to left, as he was running on the pitch, would score on catcher John Baker’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Victorino, who had earlier stole second base, on to third. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fourth save of the season as he threw a scoreless bottom of the ninth, striking out Jason Bartlett, looking, for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (1-1, 2.37) got the win as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while he struck a career high eleven batters. Chad Qualls collected his third hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Jonathan Papelbon received his fourth save of the year as he also threw a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Joe Wieland (0-2, 5.73) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Luke Gregerson and Andrew Cashner combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Gregorson) between them. Ernesto Frieri pitched an inning, giving up ann unearned run on a hit, a walk and a passed ball, as he struck out two.

The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Single, Triple) and Shane Victorino (Singles) leading the team with two hits apiece. Placido Polanco and Hunter Pence had the other two Phils hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins had the Phil’s only RBI as he hit a sacrifice fly, while the other Phil run came in on a passed ball, as the Phils continue to waste scoring opportunities when they are presented to them. The Phils also had two walks and a stolen base (Victorino (8)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (6-7, 5th East) continues their series with the Padres (3-11, 5th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Petco Park, and will start at 10:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-1, 3.65), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 15, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 8-2 win. He will be going for his second straight win, while trying to give the Phils another pitching gem on this road trip, while hoping that the offense will final get out of its current scoring funk. The Padres will counter with Edinson Volquez (0-1, 4.24), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 15, as he threw five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and five walks, as he struck out only two, in the Padres’ 5-4 lost. He is still looking for his first win, as he hope he can take advantage of the Phils’ present batting troubles. The Phils will be out for their thirteen straight win at Petco Park, after last night setting the club record for the most wins at an opposing ballpark.

The Phils will continue their road trip with four games in San Diego, hoping that their recent good fortune at Petco Park will continue.

After droping two straight games to the Giants, including  a 1-0 extra-innings lost in which they wasted a very good effort by Cliff Lee, the Phils will head on south to San Diego, hoping that their recent success there will continue, especially as they face the team presently with the worst record in the Majors.

The Phils (5-7, 5th East) are coming off a pair of loses to the Giants, by the score of 4-2 and 1-0, with the second lost being a bit harder to swallow than the second game of the series as they wasted a strong 10 scoreless innings effort by Cliff Lee, as the bats were unable to do anything against Matt Cain and the Giants’ bullpen, after being unable to get a key hit the previous night against Madison Bumgarner, as they were able to get men on base all night. They will be facing the Padres (3-10, 5th West) who presently have the worst record in the majors, as they come off losing two in a row to the Rockies. The game will be played at Petco Park and will begin tonight at 10:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm PDT). The Phils’ offense hopes that they will regain both their stroke and their ability to score runs. Of course, this would be helped if they were able to practice a bit more patient at the plate, especially early in the count.

The Phils plan to send to the mound Vance Worley (0-1, 3.75), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on April 14, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-0 lost. Worley will be facing the Padres for the first time in his short career, as he attempts to rebound from his previous start, while trying to give the Phils a chance to end their present two-game slide. The Padres will counter with rookie Joe Wieland (0-1, 10.80), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on April 14, as he would pitch five innings in his major league debut, giving up six runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Pardes’ 6-1 lost. He will be facing the Phils for the first time in his career, while trying to improve on his original start, hoping that he won’t get rough up out of the gate as he was by the Dodgers. The Phils will be out to bounce back from a bad start in San Francisco, as they continue to look for their first series win on the road.

The Phils waste another good effort by one of their starters before losing to the Giants in extra-innings, 1-0.

The Phils wasted another good effort by Cliff Lee, as they are unable to capitalize in extra-innings, before finally losing to the Giants on a walk-off single, thanks to a defensive error, 1-0.

The Phils and Giants spent the first ten innings of last night’s game in a 0-0 pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cliff Lee and Giants’ starter Matt Cain, although the later would then leave the game for a pinch hitter, and then Giants’ reliever Santiago Casilla, as Cain held the Phils to two hits and a walk, while striking out four, as he kept them from getting anything started, while Lee would throw ten scoreless innings, giving up seven scattered hits, as he struck out seven Giants, while getting out of a runners on the corners, nobody out, jam in the first, and a runner on second, no man out, jam in the fifth, before being taken out of the game for a pinch hitter in the top of the eleventh. The Phils then threaten to take the lead in the top of the eleventh as Carlos Ruiz started the inning off with a lead-off double, before going on to third on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, putting the go-ahead run on third, with less than two outs. But the Phils would be denied as first pinch hitter Jim Thome would strike out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, and then pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. would end the inning by grounding out, 6-3, for the inning’s final out. That would come back to haunt the Phils as the Giants started a rally going in their half of the eleventh as, with one man out, Brandon Belt got on base with a single to center field. Then, Angel Pagan followed with a grounder to third base which had doubleplay written all over it, but was instead booted by the third baseman, Ty Wigginton for a fielding error, allowing Belt to reach second base, and Pagan to reach first, with still one man out. The Giants then won the game as Melky Cabrera hits a walk-off RBI single to right, scoring Belt, who would beat right fielder Hunter Pence’s throw to the plate, giving the Giants the extra-innings, walk off, 1-0 win.

Cliff Lee got a no-decision as he pitched ten scoreless innings, giving up seven hits, while striking out ten. Antonio Bastardo (0-1, 4.50) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Matt Cain also received a no-decision as he pitched nine scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and a walk, while striking out four Phils. Santiago Casilla threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Sergio Romo pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Javier Lopez pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Clay Hensley (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he got out the only batter that he would face.

The Phils had only four hits in the ballgame, singles by Hunter Pence, Ty Wigginton and Freddy Galvis and a double by Carlos Ruiz, as they were very effectively handled by Giants’ starter Matt Cain and the Giants’ bullpen. The Phils sadly hurt themselves by not being patient during the whole game, as they only took one walk. I hate to say this so early in the season, but it needs to be said, this team is only going to win games if they act a bit more patiently at the plate, and that includes being willing to take walks. Otherwise, this is going to be a long season even before either Chase Utley or Ryan Howard comes back from their injuries.

The Phils (5-7, 5th East) continue their trip out west with the first game of a four-game set with the Padres (3-10, 5th West), presently the worst team in the majors. The game will be played at Petco Park, and is to start tonight at 10:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mount Vance Worley (0-1, 3.75), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on April 14, as he would pitch six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-0 lost. Worley will be trying to bounce back from his previous start, while trying to give the Phils a chance to end their present slide. The Padres will counter with Joe Wieland (0-1, 10.80), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on April 14, as he would pitch five innings in his major league debut, giving up six runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Pardes’ 6-1 lost. He hopes to do better in his second career start. The Phils’ offense will be out to show that not all rookies can give them fits the first time they see them, while trying to end their present two-game losing streak.

The Phils’ offense once again is unable to get started as they drop one to the Giants, 4-2.

The Phils’ once more sputtering offense is once again unable to get going as they are defeated by the Giants, 4-2.

The Giants took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Melky Cabrera hits an RBI triple, knocking in Angel Pagan, who had started the inning off with a single. The Giants then took a 2-0 lead as Cabrera scored on Pablo Sandoval’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as Hunter Pence hits a monster lead-off home run to left, his second home run of the year, cutting the Giants’ lead down to 2-1. The Giants got the run back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Nate Schierholtz hits an RBI single, scoring Sandoval, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third on Buster Posey’s single, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead, while sending Posey, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Giants increased their lead one batter later as, after Posey had stolen third base, as the third base umpire missed the call, he would score on Brandon Crawford’s force out, 1-6, wiping out Schierholtz at second base for the inning’s second out, as Crawford is able to beat the throw to first, giving the Giants a 4-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Jimmy Rollins, who then moved up to second base on Madison Bumgarner’s wild pitch, Pence being hit by the pitch, and a single by Ty Wigginton, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, making it a 4-2 Giants’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Santiago Casilla recorded his first save of the year with a scoreless ninth, as he got Shane Victorino to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (1-2, 4.26) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits, while striking out two. Kyle Kendrick and Michael Stutes combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Kendrick) and two walks (one walk each) between them, while striking out three (Kendrick (2), Stutes (1)). Madison Bumgarner (2-1, 3.63) got the win as he went six strong innings, giving up two runs on seven scattered hits, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Clay Hensley recorded his first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two Phils. Sergio Romo collected his second hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Santiago Casilla received his first save of the year, as he replaced injured closer Brian Wilson, by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had only eight hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino (Double), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Hunter Pence (Home Run, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk, a hit batter (Pence) and two stolen bases (Victornio (5), Pierre (3)), as they are once again unable to get the key hit that they needed as they tried to put together a few rallies.

The Phils (5-6, T-4th East) will conclude their three-game series with the Giants (5-6, T-3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at AT&T Park, and will start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their number two starter Cliff Lee (0-1, 3.46), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on April 13, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. Lee will be out to redeem himself as he goes once again for his first win, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Giants will counter with Matt Cain (1-0, 3.00), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on April 13, as he pitched a one-hit complete game, while striking out eleven, in the Giants’ 5-0 shutout. He will be trying to compound the Phils present offensive troubles as he goes for his second win of the season. The Phils will be trying to leave San Francisco with their first series victory on the road.

The Phils continue their three-game series with the Giants.

The Phils (5-5, T-3rd East) will continue their three-game visit with the Giants (4-6, T-3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at AT&T Park, and is to start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT).

The Phils won the first game of the three-game series with a four-hit, four-run outburst in the first inning against eventual loser Tim Lincecum, who had been awful in his first three starts of the young season, despite having struck out sixteen batters, before eventually winning the game, 5-2, behind their ace Roy Halladay, who, as he won his third start, first pitched himself out of a bases loaded jam with less than two outs in the bottom of the first inning, before eventually breezing along in his last four innings, before handing the ball off to Jonathan Papelbon,who recorded his third save of the year.

The Phils will be sending to the mound Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35), who is coming off a solid victory over the Marlins on April 14, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. Against the Giants, Kentucky Joe has a 2-3 career record with an ERA of 4.73, while he had struck out 24 Giants. He will be out to help lead the Phils to their third straight win, while hoping to improve upon his previous start. The Giants will counter with Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97), who is coming off a strong win against the Rockies on April 12, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up just a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Giants’ 4-2 win. Bumgarner, who had just finishing signing a five-year contract with the Giants, has a career record of 0-1 against the Phils with a 2.25 ERA, as he had struck out just nine Phils. He will be trying to even up the series for the Giants, while trying to show that he deserved the contract that he had just finished signing.

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