Behind a career-high seven strong innings from rookie Robinson Tejeda, including seven strikeouts, the Phils use a seven-run fifth to complete a season sweep of the Padres 8-3.
With the victory, the Phils complete a brilliant road trip, going 5-1 in Los Angeles and San Diego. The hometown nine returns home tomorrow with confidence against the Washington Nationals, having pulled to within a half game of the wild card-leading Astros.
Tejeda finally received enough run support to move from the kiddie table, improving his record to 3-2 with a 2.71 ERA. His act played out as it has all season – get hitters to chase pitches out of the zone to work out of trouble. The Pads managed just three hits, one of them a home run by Brian Giles. Giles was the only member of the opposition to earn participation points this series.
In the fifth, the Phils got the runs this way, courtesy of Yahoo - the online stat resource that causes my computer to freeze the least:
- R. Tejeda safe at first on catcher M. Olivo's throwing error, D. Bell to third, T. Pratt to second, D. Bell scored
- K. Lofton singled to left, T. Pratt scored, R. Tejeda to third, J. Rollins to second
- C. Utley singled to center, J. Rollins and R. Tejeda scored, K. Lofton to second
- P. Burrell singled to left, C. Utley and K. Lofton scored, B. Abreu to second
- R. Howard singled to center, B. Abreu scored, P. Burrell to second
The Padres got two runs back in the eighth off Rheal Cormier, making his first appearance since Aug. 5. The 38-year-old left-hander gave up two earned runs and, frankly, looks like a pitcher that’s outlasted his usefulness in close contests. His ERA now stands at 5.62.
A much better, much younger Ryan Madson struck out the side to stop the Padres cold in the ninth.