The Phillies go for a franchise-record 13th straight win in a non-home ballpark when they take on the San Diego Padres at Petco Park tonight. The run of success has been remarkable, as the Phillies haven’t lost a game at Petco since August 16th, 2008.
The man on the mound for the Phillies has been a big reason for the success they’ve had at Petco in recent years. For his career, Cole Hamels has gone 3-1 pitching in his native San Diego, with a 1.82 ERA. His lone loss came during his rookie campaign in 2006. Since 2008, Hamels is 3-0 at Petco. He’s allowed just one earned run over 24 innings during that span, good for an 0.37 ERA. In ten career starts against the Padres, Hamels has never allowed more than three earned runs.
The Padres counter with the mercurial Edinson Volquez. Though Volquez has been touted as a guy with a lot of talent, he has had a career riddled by injury and inconsistency thus far. In two regular season starts against the Phillies, he is 2-0 with a 3.64 ERA. Both of those starts came in 2008, however. In his lone other start against the Phils–which came in the 2010 NLDS as a member of the Reds–Volquez took the loss as he allowed 4 earned runs over 1.2 innings pitched.
Keep an eye on Ty Wigginton tonight, as he has gone 3-for-6 off Volquez with two home runs in his career. Also of note: Polanco stays in the two-hole, despite hitting just .186 on the season. He has a total of two hits and no walks in his last five starts. Ruiz gets the night off after catching 10+ innings on Wednesday, and taking a beating behind the plate in last night’s game.
Lineup: Pierre LF, Polanco 3B, Rollins SS, Pence RF, Victorino CF, Wigginton 1B, Galvis 2B, Schneider C, Hamels P
Your Gameday Beer: Walt Wit
Brewed locally by the Philadelphia Brewing Company, Walt Wit is a hoppy, full-flavored beer with an orange back-note. It’s a good transition beer, thick enough for the winter months, but refreshing enough for a warm spring day. The name is an obvious nod to poet Walt Whitman, who adopted the Greater Philadelphia area as his home later in his life.