Philadelphia Phillies (11-9) at San Francisco Giants (12-8)
3 :45 PM ET on MLBN
PHI: C. Hamels (2-2, 5.11 ERA)
SF: T. Lincecum (4-0, 1.00 ERA)
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The Phillies will look to avoid the sweep as they square off against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday in a three-game series finale at AT&T Park in the City by the Bay.
Just one day after the Giants dealt new ace Roy Halladay his first loss since joining the Phillies, 5-1 in game one. The G-men followed up by knocking the Phillies out of first place in the NL East for the first time this season with a 6-2 win in game two on Tuesday. In a repeat of Monday’s contest the Phillies bullpen could not slow down San Francisco’s suddenly hot offense. The Giants’ Aubrey Huff and Matt Downs each hit solo home runs in the second inning, and Edgar Renteria and Pablo Sandoval hit consecutive RBI singles in both the fifth and seventh innings to lead the offensive charge. If the Phillies aren’t suffering enough already, one day after agreeing to a $125 million, five-year contract extension, slugger Ryan Howard —who went hitless Monday —was just 2-for-4 in Tuesday’s loss. One of which he was thrown out a would-be double when he let up going into the bag.
Needing a win to get back on track, the Phillies will turn to southpaw Cole Hamels. The 26-year old will return to his native California after dropping his last two starts after winning his first two. Homers can be an issue at times for the lefty, who has been taken deep 20-plus times in each of his last three seasons. His woes continued during Friday’s 7-4 loss to the Diamondbacks as Arizona clubbed three homers in the fourth and one in the sixth. Regardless, Hamels has more upside than downside. He is 4-1 lifetime with a 3.98 ERA in six starts against San Francisco.
San Francisco will counter with NL Cy Young Award Tim Lincecum who has been nothing short of spectacular so far. In 27 innings, he’s struck out 32 batters and allowed just three earned runs. ”The Freak” pitched seven strong innings against the Cardinals during Friday’s 4-1 victory to earn his fourth win of the season. He gave up one run on six hits, walking three and striking out eight. He’s 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in six career starts against the Phillies.
Odds makers have San Francisco as –1-½ – favorites with a run total of 7.
San Francisco has won four of five following a four-game losing streak while Philadelphia has won two of their last six, including back-to-back losses.
Expect the Giants to roll here on another strong outing by Lincecum, sweeping the series and the OVER.
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