Hoping to snap a four-game skid out West, the Phillies visit the brutal 47-74 Padres for the first of three at Petco Park. Jamie Moyer (10-7, 3.81) and Greg Maddux (6-8, 4.12) have the ball at 10:05 ET.
Best of the press notes: Things have gotten so bad that even the Phillies’ pre-game press notes have taken on a somber tone by acknowledging the team’s two-month-long offensive slump. According to the notes, in their last eight games, the Phils are hitting .202 (52-258) with five homers and 26 runs scored (3.25 R/G). Since scoring 20 runs on June 13, which has become the official marker for when all this started, the Phils have hit a combined .238 (419-1760) with 216 runs scored in 52 games, an average of 4.2 runs/game, which ranks 12th in that time frame among the 16 NL clubs.
Walking wounded: Greg Dobbs is nursing a strained left quadriceps that kept him out of yesterday’s game. Shane Victorino, out with lower back stiffness, appears ready to return to the lineup tonight.