In consecutive games, Reid Brignac delivered a game-winning hit to help the Philadelphia Phillies cap off a sweep of the San Diego Padres Thursday afternoon. Brignac’s pinch-hit two RBI double off reliever Dale Thayer in the bottom of the sixth inning helped propel the Phillies to the 7-3 victory and drop the Padres’ to their fourth consecutive loss.
While weather conditions were less than ideal with rain pouring throughout most of the entire game, the Padres’ managed to jump on Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (2-6, 4.09 ERA) early when Chase Headley doubled home Will Venable and Seth Smith to take a quick 2-0 lead. However, the Phillies would claw their way back to the tie the game at two in the fourth inning after outfielder Domonic Brown sacrifice fly scored Marlon Byrd.
Padres’ starter Eric Stults (2-8, 5.79 ERA) was shaky, again, most of the day giving up four earned runs and eight hits over five innings. With the help of a solid defensive play by Headley on a play at the plate that was unsuccessfully challenged by Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, he did give the Padres’ a chance to win. Once again, the offense could not capitalize on the those opportunities after the first inning.
After a night when Brignac delivered the walk-off three run home run off Nick Vincent, he took Thayer’s pitch into the left field gap scoring Brown and Wil Nieves to give the Phillies the lead. First baseman John Mayberry extended the lead with a three-run homer off Alex Torres in the bottom of the seventh inning that made it 7-2.
The Padres’ shift venues and travel to New York where they begin a three game series with the New York Mets at Citi Field. The Padres’ are scheduled to send ace Andrew Cashner to the mound (2-5, 2.13 ERA) against Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.31 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 pm PDT.