The Philadelphia Phillies have dominated the Padres in recent
visits to San Diego.
Cole Hamels has certainly played a big part in that success
against his hometown team.
With Hamels trying to win a fourth consecutive start at Petco
Park, the Phillies continue a four-game set with the Padres looking
to extend the longest active road winning streak by one team over
another Friday night.
Despite another poor display at the plate, Philadelphia (6-7)
continued its recent mastery of San Diego (3-11) during Thursday’s
Vance Worley struck out a career-high 11 over seven innings of
four-hit ball as the Phillies posted their 12th consecutive victory
at Petco – a team record for consecutive wins at one stadium.
Philadelphia has won 23 of 27 at the ballpark since it opened in
Hamels (1-1, 3.65 ERA), a native of San Diego, has gone 3-0
during his team’s road winning streak against the Padres, compiling
a 0.38 ERA while allowing 15 hits and three walks over 24
After getting knocked around a bit in his season debut, the
left-hander gave up two runs, six hits and struck out 10 over seven
innings of Sunday’s 8-2 win over the New York Mets. He settled in
nicely after giving up both runs in the first inning.
“I think you put it behind you,” he told the team’s official
website. “I think I’ve become very good at just getting over and
starting back over. No matter what occurred, I need to get the next
guy out. And I think that’s something I’ve probably had to learn
the hard way.”
The Phillies, who have provided Hamels with just three runs of
support thus far, aren’t showing any signs of breaking out
offensively. Philadelphia is 2 for 23 (.087) with runners in
scoring position in its last three games after going 1 for 8 on
While Juan Pierre and Shane Victorino went a combined 4 for 7,
the rest of the team managed just two hits in 25 at-bats.
San Diego has also had difficulty getting things going at the
plate of late. The Padres are batting .206 with runners in scoring
position during their 1-7 skid.
Opposing Hamels on the mound will be Edinson Volquez (0-1,
4.24), who after allowing two earned runs in each of his first two
starts, was tagged for four and issued five walks over five innings
of Sunday’s 5-4 walk-off loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The right-hander is surely looking forward to getting back home,
where he’s limited opponents to a .186 average and struck out 15 in
two starts spanning 12 innings.
Volquez has recorded a 0.73 ERA and fanned 16 in 12 1-3 innings
in winning each of his two career starts against the Phillies –
both coming in 2008 with Cincinnati.
Hunter Pence is 3 for 18 (.167) with eight strikeouts against
Volquez and Jimmy Rollins is 1 for 7. Ty Wigginton, meanwhile, is 3
for 6 with a pair of homers.
Following a day off, Cameron Maybin saw his struggles continue
Thursday with an 0-for-3 effort. While Maybin has just one hit in
his last 19 at-bats (.053), he is 6 for 19 with three doubles
lifetime against Hamels.