Phillies 4, Padres 1
Manager Charlie Manuel won’t even try to explain why the
Philadelphia Phillies have won 13 straight games at Petco Park, the
longest winning streak at any ballpark in club history and the
longest active streak for any visiting club at any particular
”Baseball’s a weird game,” Manuel said after Juan Pierre hit a
go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning to back Cole Hamels
in the Phillies’ 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday
OK, so Hamels will give it a shot.
”How many seasons is that?” Hamels asked. ”Since ’08? Well,
we’ve had some pretty good pitching staffs since then and I think
you just find a way. I know we’re a home run hitting team, but
unfortunately when we get here, we get the base hits and drive in
the runs and get the walks. I think we’ve just been able to do
really well. Hopefully, this is the type of momentum that we can
really use at the start of the season and obviously on this road
The Padres haven’t beaten the Phillies in San Diego since Aug.
16, 2008. Overall, the Phillies are 24-4 at Petco Park since it
opened in 2004.
Hamels (2-1) improved to 7-2 with a 2.22 ERA in 12 career starts
against his hometown Padres. In his last four starts against San
Diego, he’s 4-0 with a 0.60 ERA.
Hamels was called for two balks for the first time in his
career, but the Padres weren’t able to capitalize.
In the second, after rookie Andy Parrino was forced at third on
Edinson Volquez’s bunt, Hamels’ balk moved Orlando Hudson to third
and Volquez to second with two outs. Hamels then hit Chris Denorfia
with a pitch before striking out Cameron Maybin.
In the fourth, Yonder Alonso singled and Hamels was called for
another balk, by second base umpire Bob Davidson. Hamels, who
appeared to have stepped off the rubber, angrily yelled at
Davidson. Alonso took third on Hudson’s single but was thrown out
at the plate when Hamels flipped Volquez’s bunt with his glove to
catcher Brian Schneider.
”You’ve just got to take it for what it is and keep pitching,”
After allowing a run in the fifth, Hamels was assured of the
victory thanks to a three-run rally in the seventh. Hamels allowed
one run and six hits in six innings, struck out four and walked
”It’s nice playing in a big ballpark,” Hamels said. ”It was
one of those days where I wasn’t able to really locate with too
many pitches. But you just keep battling. Fortunately for the
ballpark, you can get away with throwing some pitches down the
middle and try to let them put it in play and obviously use your
whole team behind you. I was fortunate to get away with a lot of
Said San Diego’s Chase Headley: ”He was great. He threw the
ball plenty well enough to win.
”I thought we threw a lot of good at-bats against him,”
Headley said. ”We attacked him. We put ourselves in good
positions. To be honest, more than anything, I think he did a good
of job of making pitches when he needed to. It was unfortunate we
couldn’t score some runs.”
San Diego’s 12 losses, the most in the majors, are tied for the
most through the club’s first 15 games in franchise history. The
Padres also had 12 losses through 15 games in 1974, 1987 and
Volquez held Philadelphia to two hits through six scoreless
innings before allowing three straight singles to open the seventh
and load the bases. Andrew Cashner relieved Volquez (0-2) and
allowed Schneider’s RBI single to right bring in Shane Victorino
with the tying run. With one out, Pierre singled to right to score
Ty Wigginton and Freddy Galvis.
. Victorino hit a solo home run in the eighth, his second.
Victorino was hit by a pitch on the left elbow earlier in the
at-bat, but umpire Dan Bellino ruled that he leaned into the
Jonathan Paplebon pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five
Victorino’s homer was off Australian left-hander Josh
Maybin tripled to the gap in right-center leading off the fifth.
The Padres had stranded seven runners to that point, but after
Headley struck out, Maybin scored on Jesus Guzman’s grounder to
Volquez allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, struck
out five and walked three.
NOTES: Hamels’ two balks were the most by a Phillies pitcher
since Paul Quantrill also had two balks on July 15, 1995, at
Montreal. … Hamels had three career balks coming into the game,
all from last season. … Rookie Andy Parrino started in place of
SS Jason Bartlett. … The four-game series continues Saturday
night when Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.17) is scheduled to start for
Philadelphia against Padres LHP Cory Luebke (1-1, 3.71).