The Padres were eliminated from postseason contention today. While it would have been fitting if tonight's loss had come from an anemic offense, the real trouble came from Eric Stults. The southpaw lasted just 4.1 innings, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits.
Stultsy didn't look so bad for his first 4 innings, though. After giving up a leadoff single to Ben Revere, he retired 12 Phillies in a row. That was good enough to put the Friars on the board first. Tommy Medica opened the bottom half of the fourth with a single up the middle. He stole his way into scoring position before coming home on a Cameron Maybin single. Having a lead must have unsettled Stults, because he fell apart as soon as he got it.
The fifth inning started with three singles in a row, loading the bases for Freddy Galvis. The shortstop would make it four singles in a row with a 2 RBI grounder to center. Dodger lover Cole Hamels laid down a bunt to put runners on second and third, which worked out nicely for the Phils when Revere followed up with a ground rule double. They would score one more run off Joe Wieland in the sixth, but it didn't really matter. The Padres would only eke out one more run in the bottom of the ninth.
Robbie Erlin will take the mound in tomorrow's series finale. First pitch is at 6:10 PM.
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