The buzzsaw known as Padres pitching didn’t allow a run and surrendered just three hits in a truly old-school night of baseball at Petco Park. Cole Hamels’ own four-hit, one-run effort went in vain as the Phils dropped below .500 again.
Great hitting collided with great pitching, and pitching won, as usual. Chris Young continues to dominate the National League. Young has allowed three or more earned runs in just four of his 19 starts. This was his fifth seven-inning shutout, running his record to 9-3 to go with a baseball-best 1.83 ERA.
The Padres succeeded in shutting out the red-hot Phillies’ offense for the first time since June 1, and it was only the second time it happened all year. Trevor Hoffman continued his unflappable mastery of the ninth inning by striking out the side, including Greg Dobbs and Carlos Ruiz to end the ballgame with runners stranded at first and second. Hoffman has saved 23-straight games dating back to April 28. See you in the Hall of Fame, Trevor.
The Phillies face Justin Germano tonight and David Wells tomorrow and the Phils must win those two and hope the Gods are on their side when J.D. Durbin and Jake Peavy meet on Sunday. A split in San Diego and a win in Los Angeles would make them 3-4 out West and .500 on the season. That was the best-case scenario headed into this trip considering the lopsided pitching. Regardless of the outcome, the Phillies better think about turning on the jets when they return home with two cupcakes - Washington and Pittsburgh - lined up in front of them.