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Philadelphia Phillies Take a Much-Needed Two Out of Three Against San Diego

The Philadelphia Phillies really needed to win the three-game series against the lowly San Diego Padres. Fortunately, they did take two games, although it’s really nothing to brag about when you average fewer than four runs per contest against a .350 team.

What This Means: The Phillies are still stuck in last place, at 16-19 and six games back of the first-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The Washington Nationals are half a game back of the Braves and the New York Mets and Miami Marlins make up the third and fourth place teams, respectively.

Grading the Offense: The Phillies averaged 3.67 runs and 8.67 hits per contest, subpar totals especially considering who the Phillies were playing. Juan Pierre continued playing as he has been, going 3-for-5 in the series. Carlos Ruiz was 4-for-9 with a home run and three RBIs, and he has been probably the best overall hitter on the team this season. Even John Mayberry, Jr. stepped it up, going 3-for-10 in the series. Hunter Pence was the only player to put up a truly atrocious series, going 0-for-10 in the three games. Grade: C

Grading the Pitching: The Phillies starters combined to throw three quality starts in as many outings, starting with a six-inning performance from Vance Worley that included nine strikeouts. Roy Halladay followed it up with seven innings, two runs, and 10 strikeouts, and Cole Hamels topped it off in his first start following his suspension, throwing seven innings and allowing just one run. The bullpen really made the difference in the series, allowing just one run over seven innings. Antonio Bastardo was marvelous in his lone outing, pitching two hitless innings with three Ks. Chad Qualls threw two scoreless frames with three strikeouts, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning twice. Grade: A+

What’s Next: The Phillies play two straight two-game series, first one with the Houston Astros and then one with the Chicago Cubs, before a three-game weekend series with the Boston Red Sox.