Sometimes, salvaging a road trip is the best you can hope for. It’s sometimes for the Philadelphia Phillies.
After dropping the first four games of a West Coast road trip (and five overall), the Phillies got back into the win column Tuesday evening thanks to a six-RBI performance from Jay Bruce. As the Phillies wrap up their six-game West Coast trip Wednesday afternoon, they’re guaranteed to finish the trip with a losing record. But 2-4 with a series victory would look a lot better than 1-5 with two series losses would.
Jake Arrieta will get the ball for the Phillies Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park, and it would probably be a fair assessment to say that the 33-year-old has been a mixed bag in 2019. Two starts ago, Arrieta went eight innings against a loaded Milwaukee Brewers lineup, allowing just five hits and two runs in a win at Miller Park. He wasn’t able to replicate that success last Friday at Chavez Ravine, as he allowed 10 hits and five earned runs in five innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Gabe Kapler’s squad will look for a bounce-back performance from Arrieta, the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner, Wednesday.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this afternoon’s Phillies-Padres tilt:
- Cesar Hernandez, second base
- Bryce Harper, right field
- Jean Segura, shortstop
- Rhys Hoskins, first base
- J.T. Realmuto, catcher
- Jay Bruce, left field
- Scott Kingery, third base
- Adam Haseley, center field
- Jake Arrieta, pitcher
- Greg Garcia, second base
- Franmil Reyes, right field
- Manny Machado, shortstop
- Eric Hosmer, first base
- Josh Naylor, left field
- Wil Myers, center field
- Ty France, third base
- Austin Allen, catcher
- Cal Quantrill, pitcher
Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Matchup
- Jake Arrieta (5-5, 3.96 ERA and 4.78 FIP) vs. Cal Quantrill (1-2, 5.14 ERA and 4.34 FIP)
- In five career starts at Petco Park, Arrieta is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA.
- Quantrill, 24, entered the season at the No. 11 prospect in the Padres farm system, per MLB Pipeline. That’s saying something considering the Padres were graded as having the best farm system in baseball.
Pregame Phillies Nuggets
- Per John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Jay Bruce became the first Phillie to ever drive in six runs in his first start as a Phillie Tuesday night. The 32-year-old outfielder became the fourth player in franchise history to homer twice in his first start with the team.
- Franmil Reyes has 35 home runs in his first 452 career at-bats.
- Bryce Harper is hitting .345 with two home runs and seven RBIs in the last seven days.
- Petco Park
- 3:40 p.m. ET
- NBC Sports Philadelphia
- SportsRadio 94 WIP
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