After last night's thrilling come-from-behind victory to open up the series, the Padres will send Jason Marquis to the mound tonight to try to keep the momentum going. Marquis has been masterful this season. going 9-2 with a 3.59 ERA overall. San Diego is 10-1 in his last eleven starts, a stretch in which the right-hander has gone 8-0 while only once allowing more than three runs. Eight of those starts (six Marquis wins) took place at home, where Marquis has posted a 2.75 ERA during that span.
In his last start, though the Padres won and Marquis pitched a great game (allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out five in six innings of work against the Dodgers), he didn't factor into the decision. He has had a so-so career against the Phillies, going 6-8 with a 5.57 ERA in 19 starts. He is on the verge of hitting double digits in wins for the first time since his 2009 season with the Rockies.
Hopefully the Padres can give Marquis some better run support than they gave Eric Stults last night. They were held hitless until the ninth inning when they staged an improbable comeback and walkoff victory. It was their seventh consecutive win in which they had to come from behind. The Friars' injury woes have taken their toll on the offense, and although they keep finding ways to win, they continue to make games almost too close for comfort.
Tonight may not be any easier as the Phillies send Kyle Kendrick to the mound fresh off one of his best starts. He threw 92 pitches in 7 2/3 innings, keeping the Nationals to just one run on two hits and a walk. One start prior to that, however, he was a victim of Coors Field, where he gave up a career-high seven runs on ten hits in 4 1/3 innings. Kendrick is 2-1 with a 5.51 ERA in four outings (three starts and one relief appearance) against the Padres.
Last night's loss was the third straight in San Diego for the Phillies. However, they remain the visiting team with the highest winning percentage (24-7 all-time) at Petco Park since it's opening in 2004.