The San Diego Padres sent Eric Stults to the mound in the third game of a four-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels. The game was a pitcher’s duel until the 4th inning, when Cameron Maybin came through with a single to drive home Tommy Medica, who led off the inning with a single and stole second base. That gave the Padres a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning, but the lead quickly disappeared in the top of the 5th inning.
The Phillies recorded four straight hits, taking the lead 2-1, and then shortly after, added to that lead with a 2-run, ground- rule double by Carlos Ruiz. The Phillies then added a fifth run in the 6th inning, when Ruiz hit a sacrifice fly for another RBI. The Padres tried to fight back, by adding a second run in the 9th inning when Maybin scored on Alexi Amarista‘s single. Maybin had walked and advanced to second base on defensive indifference previously.
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Eric Stults who had lasted longer than 5 innings in every outing since July, had that streak snapped, as he gave up 4 runs, on 6 hits, as he only lasted 4 1/3 innings. Cole Hamels pitched well, as he went 7 innings, giving up 1 run, on 7 hits, with 9 punch outs.
In the end, the Padres fell 5-2 to the Phillies in the third game of the series, The series finale is later this evening at 6:10 p.m. PDT, when Kyle Kendrick goes for the Phils against Robbie Erlin for the Friars.
Keep the Faith.