Phillies-Padres Preview

Cole Hamels certainly enjoys pitching in his native San

Diego.

The Philadelphia left-hander looks to continue his success in

his hometown while trying to help the Phillies to a ninth straight

road victory over the Padres on Friday night.

Hamels (1-1, 4.32 ERA) is 4-2 with a 2.75 ERA in nine starts

versus San Diego, including 2-1 while giving up five runs in 28 2-3

innings in four outings at Petco Park. He allowed four hits in

eight innings of a 5-0 win in his last appearance there Aug.

29.

“You can’t beat the weather here,” joked Hamels, who has allowed

two runs in 23 innings in his last three starts in San Diego.

After Hamels yielded six runs in 2 2-3 innings to the Mets in

his 2011 debut, he’s given up two over 14 innings in his last two

starts. Both runs came in seven innings of the Phillies’ 3-2 win

over Florida on Sunday.

Hamels will try to help Philadelphia (12-6) to a third straight

victory overall after it opened this four-game set with a 3-0 win

Thursday. Winners in 21 of their last 25 at San Diego, the Phillies

have outscored the Padres 36-13 during their eight-game winning

streak at Petco Park.

Placido Polanco had two hits while Ben Francisco homered and

drove in two runs as Philadelphia improved to 5-2 away from home

with its third straight road win. Polanco is batting .360 this

season, and .339 lifetime against the Padres.

San Diego (8-11) has lost three of four and been shut out a

major league-leading five times this season. The Padres, who have

scored an NL-low 60 runs, were not blanked for a fifth time last

year until July 27.

After breaking out for 12 hits in a 5-4 win in the nightcap of a

doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, San Diego was

held to four hits by Roy Oswalt and three relievers.

“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.”

Chris Denorfia’s opposite-field single with two outs in the

fifth inning ended Oswalt’s no-hit bid. Denorfia is one of the few

Padres swinging the bat well, going 8 for 15 with two home runs in

his last seven games.

Ryan Ludwick went 5 for 8 with two doubles and a homer in

Wednesday’s doubleheader, but was 0 for 4 on Thursday to drop his

average to .188. He’s 5 for 13 with two homers against Hamels.

San Diego’s Clayton Richard (1-0, 4.50) takes the mound trying

to bounce back from his worst start of the season. The left-hander

had allowed five runs over 14 2-3 innings in his first three

outings, but gave up six in 5 1-3 innings and did not factor in the

decision in an 8-6 win at Houston on Sunday.

Richard’s only previous appearance versus Philadelphia came in

the loss to Hamels in August, when he allowed four runs – two

earned – in 7 2-3 innings.

Polanco is 1 for 10 against Richard.