Phillies 3, Padres 0
As much as ace Mat Latos is struggling, the San Diego Padres’
offense is doing even worse.
Roy Oswalt and three relievers pitched a combined four-hitter
and the Philadelphia Phillies won 3-0 Thursday night against the
San Diego Padres, who have been shut out a major league-leading
five times in 19 games.
Ben Francisco and Brian Schneider homered for the Phillies,
who’ve won eight straight and 12 of 13 at Petco Park dating to the
Oswalt (3-0) allowed only one hit in six innings, Chris
Denorfia’s opposite-field single to right with two outs in the
fifth. Oswalt allowed only two other baserunners, on walks, while
striking out seven. The only Padres baserunner to reach second
against Oswalt was Jason Bartlett, who drew a leadoff walk in the
first and then stole second.
The Padres came in with a .222 batting average, lowest in the
”It’s tough,” manager Bud Black said. ”When we need to score
runs, it’s going to come from all eight guys doing their thing.
There are not one or two guys who carry the load. It’s going to
have to be a collective thing. Right now, we have a number of guys
who are a little bit off offensively.”
Jose Contreras pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five
chances. Pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe struck out looking for the final
out, with two runners on. Hawpe has struck out 19 times in 43
at-bats and is hitting just .116.
The Phillies are tied for the big league lead with four
While Oswalt cruised in winning his 10th straight decision,
Latos (0-3) lost his eighth straight start since September. He’s
allowed five homers in 16 2-3 innings in three starts.
Oswalt has gone six innings in all four starts, allowing two or
fewer earned runs. He improved to 11-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 19 career
appearances against the Padres, including 17 starts. He left his
last start after six with a lower back strain, against Florida on
Latos allowed three runs on four hits in six innings, struck out
seven and walked a career-high five.
”I’m 0-3 right now because I’m giving up runs,” Latos said.
I’m not giving my team a chance to win.”
Francisco homered to straightaway center leading off the second,
his third. Schneider homered to right-center with one out, his
The Phillies added a run in the third on Francisco’s
bases-loaded fly ball to right. He was credited with a sacrifice
fly even though Denorfia dropped the ball for an error.
NOTES: The Padres are receiving more than $1 million over three
years from TaylorMade for a giant replica of an R11 driver along
the right field foul pole. … LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis threw out
the ceremonial first pitch. Before the game, she hit golf balls off
a mat at home plate. … Oswalt’s last loss was July 30 at
Washington. … Latos has a 7.22 ERA during his losing streak. …
Ryan Howard went 0 for 5, including four strikeouts. … Padres 3B
Chase Headley came out of the game during a double-switch in the
eighth inning with flu-like symptoms.