Another frustrating night for the Padres against the Phillies last night at Petco Park, dropping a 2-0 decision. It's the 12th straight win for Philadelphia at the home of the Padres, and it's now a 23-4 (.852) overall record for the Phils at Petco. An amazing number.
Joe Wieland pitched extremely well but his one walk, to the leadoff hitter, came back to haunt him in the loss.
Today, San Diego native, Cole Hamels will face the hometown team. He's had success against the Padres, going 6-2, with a 2.28 ERA in 11 career starts. Over his last three starts against the Padres, he's been dealing, 3-0, 0.38 ERA allowing just 11 hits in 24 innings, and striking out 24 hitters.
Edinson Volquez will make his fourth start of the season, and is still looking for his first win as a Padre. He's 0-1, with a 4.24 ERA comes in off a no decision against the Dodgers his last time out.
Lineup (XX1090, Leitner/Scanlan, 7pm)
RF - Chris Denorfia
CF - Cameron Maybin
3B - Chase Headley
LF - Jesus Guzman
C - Nick Hundley
1B - Yonder Alonso
SS - Andy Parrino
2B - Orlando Hudson
SP - Edinson Volquez
Maybin has had the best success against Hamels, going 6 for 19 (.316) and 5 BB's.
- Logan Forsythe rejoined the team in San Diego today to get checked out by the team's medical staff. He's six weeks out from surgery to remove the sesamoid bone in his left foot. They will get him started on some baseball activities before he heads to Peoria for extended spring training. He hit in the cage, took grounders and did some light running today.
- Tim Stauffer will throw a bullpen session tomorrow. It will be the second one he's thrown since being on the DL. If all goes well he'll throw 50-60 pitches in a simulated game here in San Diego Tuesday. After that probably a minor league rehab assignment.
- Carlos Quentin continues to progress from knee surgery. He took BP on the field today and is picking up the intensity every day. Still no official timetable on his return date.
- Before the game tonight, Bud Black gathered the pitchers on the field and conducted pitcher fielding practice (aka PFP). They were covering first, fielding bunts and throwing to bases as part of the drills. These are things, regardless how a team is going, that managers will do every once in a while, just to keep things polished. It's fun to watch and it's fun to see the guys bond over the experience.
Me, myself and I
I'll be handling the play by play on radio the next two games, Saturday at 5:35 and Sunday at 1:05 against the Phillies. Following the off day, I'll step in for Dick Enberg and do the television play by play with Mud Grant on Fox Sports San Diego, for the series against the Nationals. I'm very excited to get this opportunity. Please be gentle as I make my tv debut!