National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, June 25th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (36-41) at San Diego Padres (39-38), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.56)
San Diego - Jason Marquis (9-2, 3.59)
(Sports Network) - The San Diego Padres played to the last out in their opener
with the Philadelphia Phillies and were rewarded with a victory. Jason Marquis
can now pitch them to their first home series win over the Phils in seven
years in the middle portion of a three-game set on Tuesday night.
The Padres came into the series opener having lost 17 of their past 20 at home
versus the Phillies despite splitting a four-game series against them at Petco
Park a season ago.
San Diego looked as if it was on its way to another loss to Philadelphia on
Monday, but rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to force extra innings,
where Kyle Blanks came through with a bases-loaded single in the 10th frame to
give his club a 4-3 win.
The Padres did little at the plate against Phillies starter Cliff Lee, who
took a shutout into the ninth inning. However, Lee allowed a single to Carlos
Quentin to begin the ninth frame and a double to Chase Headley that moved
Quentin to third.
Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel then went to closer Jonathan Papelbon, who
allowed a two-run single to Blanks before hitting Jesus Guzman with a pitch.
Following a double play, Mark Kotsay swung through a Papelbon offering, but
the ball got away from catcher Carlos Ruiz, allowing Blanks to race home for
the tying run.
"Our guys had a very competitive feeling to keep going," Padres manager Bud
San Diego had lost four of six coming in, but can now secure its first home
series win over Philadelphia since taking two of three from July 17-19, 2006.
Papelbon, meanwhile, suffered his fourth blown save in his last five chances
over an eight-day span. Prior to that stretch, he had converted 20 straight
saves going back to last season.
Philadelphia lost for the sixth time in nine games and fell five games below
.500. The Phils also fell to 14-5 in their past 19 versus the Padres.
"They're all tough really," said Papelbon. "You play baseball to win the game.
I don't know what's worse, getting beat 15-0 or getting beat that way. To me
it's a loss and it doesn't sit well with me."
Without a loss since April 22, Marquis takes another stab at his 10th win of
the season for the Padres tonight.
Marquis' nine wins this season already mark his highest total since going
15-13 with Colorado in 2009 and he won just eight games in 22 total starts a
season ago with Minnesota and San Diego. However, the righty has won eight
straight decisions over his last 11 starts and the Padres have lost only once
in that span.
Marquis won his first three outings of June before getting a no-decision in a
6-3 win over Los Angeles on Thursday. The 34-year-old was charged with two
runs over six innings with a walk.
"Tonight, he didn't have command of his sinker but kept the ball down," Black
told his club's website. "You saw a better true changeup. He didn't quite have
a feel for his pitches ... but he still made pitches."
Marquis has yielded three earned runs or fewer in five straight starts and in
13 of his 15 outings this season. That has led to his 9-2 record and 3.59
earned run average.
The veteran is 6-8 lifetime versus the Phillies with a save and 5.45 ERA in 26
meetings, including 19 starts.
Getting the call for the Phillies tonight is Kyle Kendrick, who is winless in
his past three starts and has had vastly different results over a pair of
In Colorado on June 14, the right-handed Kendrick was tagged for seven runs
and 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings before his club rallied for an 8-7 win. Five
days later at home versus Washington, Kendrick held the Nationals to one run
on two hits and a walk in 7 2/3 frames of work, but did not factor into a 6-2
The 28-year-old is 6-4 with a 3.56 ERA in 15 starts this season and is 2-1 in
his career versus the Padres with a 5.51 ERA in four meetings (3 starts).
06/25 10:44:07 ET