Phillies 6, Padres 2: Marquis Runs Out Of Magic

"Look, Ed, I'm just saying that maybe you should consult your optometrist. You know, for your health." - Denis Poroy

After five wins in a row, Jason Marquis finally had a bad start that the Padres offense couldn't dig their way out of.

Well, the Padres lost tonight, but so did the rest of the division (except for the LAst pLAce Dodgers, who don't count), so they hold steady in second place, but this game sure was frustrating. Things started out well, but Jason Marquis fell apart in the fifth inning, and the offense was flummoxed by Kyle Kendrick (and Ed Hickox's strike zone). If you want to find something good to focus on from tonight's game, I suggest looking at Pedro Ciriaco's line. He continues to have surprising success at the plate, going 3 for 4 tonight with a pair of singles and a double. Carlos Quentin had a good night, too, going 2 for 3 and getting beaned once (shocking, I know). Whatever you do, don't look at Logan Forsythe's line, or you might notice that he went 0 for 5 with a golden sombrero.

The Padres got on the board first when Kyle Blanks and Yasmani Grandal led off the second with a single and a double. They both scored on a sac fly from Alexi Amarista and a single from Ciriaco. The lead didn't last long. Marquis walked Jimmy Rollins to lead off the third. After striking out Chase Utley, he gave up a single to Michael Young. Then he struck out Ryan Howard, bringing up Domonic Brown. Brown hit his 20th home run of the season, and things just got worse from there. Rollins and Utley both singled to lead off the fifth. After striking out Young, Marquis walked Howard to load the bases. Then he walked Brown, at which point he was replaced with Brad Brach. Brach threw a wild pitch, scoring Utley. John Mayberry hit a sacrifice fly to score Howard before the inning mercifully ended. And then nothing of note happened for the next four and a half innings.

Robbie Erlin goes for the series win tomorrow against filthy Dodger lover Cole Hamels. First pitch at 7:10 PM.

Final - 6.25.2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 7 0
San Diego Padres 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 1
WP: Kyle Kendrick (7 - 4)
LP: Jason Marquis (9 - 3)

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