April 20, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis (13) turns a double play ahead of a slide by San Diego Padres shortstop Jason Bartlett (8) during the seventh inning at Petco Park. (Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE)

Padres vs Phillies Game Recap: Phillies Open It Up in the Seventh


The Padres once again had a lead.  They once again lost that lead.  They once again couldn’t come back.  Edinson Volquez was solid, but he loaded the bases in the seventh with no out.  Andrew Cashner came in and allowed two runs to score quickly and the Phillies didn’t look back.  Shane Victorino homered, and Cole Hamels held the Padres to just the one run.

The Padres are now 3-12, one game away from dropping to ten games under .500.  The offense has managed to score in a handful of games, but outside of that, they’ve been stymied all year long.  Its a trend that has clearly carried over from last season, a trend most people hoped the team had corrected with their offseason moves.

The lone Padres run came after a Cameron Maybin lead-off triple in the fifth.  He later scored on a Jesus Guzman ground-out.  Edinson Volquez was solid, but without the run support, he took the loss.  Volquez pitched six-plus innings, gave up five hits, three runs, and three walks.  He struck out five in the game.  Volquez now has walked 15 batters in the season, worst in the major leagues.

The Padres hitters managed just six hits and two walks in the game.  But they couldn’t capitalize even on the smallest bit of offense.  The Padres have scored a total of one run in the first two games of this series.  The Phillies have scored six, which would normally be considered low output.  But by Padres standard, six runs in two games is plenty.

San Diego will send Cory Luebke to the mound for the series conclusion tomorrow.  The Phillies send ace Roy Halladay to the hill.  Game time is 5:35 PT.

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