The Phillies will begin a series with the Padres, hoping to salvage some wins from a so far disasterous road  trip.

The second place Phillies (64-57) will continue their west coast road trip with a three games weekend series against the Padres (47-74, 5th National League West). The game will be played tonight in PETCO Park, and will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be 45 years old Jamie Moyer (10-7, 3.81), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on August 10, where he pitched six innings, giving up only three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phillies’ 6-3 win. Lifetime against the Padres, he is 7-7 with a 4.53 ERA in 17 starts, including a start this year on April 30, a lost, in which he would pitch five and a third innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 4-2 lost. He will be looking to pitch his thirteenth consecutive quality start while trying to end the Phillies’ four game slide and keep them close to the Mets. The Padres’ starter will be veteran pitcher and Phillies’ killer Greg Maddux (6-8, 4.12), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on August 9, where he went six innings, giving up only two earned runs on six hits, in the Padres’ 8-3 win. He has faced the Phillies once already this year, on April 29, when they would deny him his 350th career win, as he would pitch six and a third innings in a losing effort, giving up three earned runs on eight hits, in the Padres’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to revenge his earlier lost while seeing if he can continue the Phillies’ present offensive struggles.

Not much to say here other than to hope that Moyer will be able to find a way to defeat the Padres without having to worry about not getting any runs support from his teammate as long as the offense continues to not get crucial hits and score runs.

The Phillies trail the Mets by a game, as New York prepares to face the Pirates for a four games series in Pittsburgh. They lead the Marlins by a game and a half as the fish prepare to face the Cubs. They are nine games in front of the fading Braves who prepare to face the Giants for four games. The Phillies will be trying to come back from being swept by the Dodgers, done to them in LA for the first time since 1962, when they were swept in a pair of doubleheaders, as they hope that the offense will finally wake up from its long slump.


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