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.