The Philadelphia Phillies’ pitchers are rather comfortable at
Petco Park, but their road success against the San Diego Padres
predates the spacious stadium.
It has now become utter domination.
Joe Blanton will try to extend the Phillies’ stunning stretch of
31 consecutive shutout innings over the punchless Padres and
increase their winning streak in San Diego to 10 games Saturday
Philadelphia (13-6) has taken 22 of the last 26 in San Diego
(8-12) with all but two of those wins coming at Petco, which opened
The staff has been a major reason for that domination, compiling
a 2.72 ERA over the last 26 road meetings. Starters have recorded a
0.98 ERA during a nine-game road winning streak.
In fact, Phillies hurlers haven’t allowed a run during a
31-inning stretch at Petco since Blanton gave up one in the fifth
inning of a 3-1 victory on Aug. 28. After a 3-0 win behind Roy
Oswalt and three relievers Thursday, Philadelphia came away with a
2-0 victory Friday thanks to eight sharp innings from Cole Hamels
against his hometown team.
Philadelphia leads the majors with five shutouts, while San
Diego has already been blanked six times, twice as many as any
“No matter when you face them, you are going to be in for it,”
Padres manager Bud Black said of the Phillies. “You have to be on
your game to score runs against these guys. Runs are hard to come
While Blanton (0-1, 7.27) has struggled early this season, he
has a 2.77 ERA while winning his past two starts at San Diego.
The right-hander allowed two runs in seven innings of Monday’s
6-3 loss in 12 to Milwaukee. He had surrendered 12 runs in 10 1-3
innings over his previous two starts.
“I felt a little better,” Blanton told the team’s official
website Monday. “I felt better from the stretch. I had a lot of
innings where I had to work out of it.”
Blanton will next face a Padres team that’s last in the majors
with a .214 average and at the bottom of the NL with 60 runs. San
Diego is hitting just .185 over the last 10 home meetings with the
Tim Stauffer (0-1, 3.27) will get the ball for the Padres, and
he’ll be looking for his teammates to produce at the plate.
The right-hander has received three runs of support through four
starts, and zero in the last two while posting a 1.59 ERA. His best
performance of the season came Monday when he tossed seven
scoreless innings, but San Diego fell 1-0 in 10 to the Chicago
“I felt much more comfortable,” Stauffer told the Padres’
official website. “For me, everything comes off the fastball. I
felt like I got the correct release point. I felt sharper and the
ball was moving like it has before.”
Stauffer is 0-1 with a 16.39 ERA in two starts against the
Phillies, but both came at Philadelphia. He’s 2-2 with a 2.33 ERA
in his past seven starts at home.
Stauffer has struggled greatly versus Ryan Howard, who is 4 for
5 with two homers off him. Howard, a .352 hitter against San Diego,
had two hits with a two-run triple Friday.