It’s the continuation of a series between teams at opposite ends of the postseason picture in the National League out in southern California. The Philadelphia Phillies are on the road as they play the middle game of a three game set with the San Diego Padres Saturday night. Philadelphia dropped two of three on the road to Arizona, losing the rubber game 6-0 Wednesday. San Diego won the rubber game of their three game set in Milwaukee, rallying for an 8-4 win Thursday. The pitching matchup for Friday’s series opener saw Zach Eflin take the mound for the Phillies: he faced off with the Padres’ Jacob Nix. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 10:10 pm ET.
Philadelphia Phillies Look to Add to NL East Edge
Philadelphia dropped two of three on the road to Arizona and used the off day Thursday to regroup. The Phillies fell to 64-50 on the season and entered Friday with a one game lead on Atlanta in the NL East race. Philadelphia had just four hits in the contest: Cesar Hernandez had two while Carlos Santana and Roman Quinn had the other hits in the loss. Vince Velasquez (8-9) took the loss as he allowed four runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts over four innings before getting lifted after throwing 79 pitches. The Phillies added first baseman Justin Bour from the Marlins on Friday in exchange for minor league arm McKenzie Mills.
Aaron Nola gets the call to make his 24th start of the season for the Phillies in this contest. He is 12-3 with a 2.37 ERA, a 0.993 WHIP, 40 walks and 144 strikeouts over 148 innings of work this season. Nola recorded a no-decision in his last start, which came Sunday at home against Miami. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in a 5-3 Philadelphia victory. Nola has no record with a 2.84 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, five walks and 13 strikeouts over 19 innings of work in his last three starts. He makes his fifth career start against the Padres: he is 1-2 with a 3.21 ERA, a 0.857 WHIP, six walks and 30 strikeouts over 28 innings of work. Nola recorded a no-decision in his lone career start at Petco Park, which came on August 7, 2015. He threw six innings, allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts in a game the Phillies went on to win 4-3 in 12 innings.
San Diego Padres Playing Tough Despite Sitting in NL West Basement
San Diego capped a tough seven game road trip to Chicago and Milwaukee with a ninth-inning rally to win the finale Thursday. The Padres finished 4-3 on the trip and improved to 46-71 with the win and trailed the Diamondbacks and Dodgers by 18.5 games in the NL West race. San Diego scored six times in the ninth to erase a 4-2 deficit and earn the win. Franmil Reyes (two runs, RBI) had three hits while Travis Jankowski (run, RBI), Hunter Renfroe (run, four RBI) and Jose Pirela (RBI) each had two hits in the win. Robbie Erlin didn’t record a decision after allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts over five innings. Kirby Yates (4-0) earned the win as he threw a scoreless inning: he allowed one hit while fanning the side in the eighth.
Rookie Walker Lockett takes the mound for his fourth appearance and third start of the season for San Diego here. He comes in 0-2 with a 9.28 ERA, a 2.344 WHIP, eight walks and 10 strikeouts over 10.2 innings of work. Lockett took the loss in his last outing, which was a start on the road against the Cubs last Saturday. He allowed five runs on nine hits with two walks and six strikeouts over five innings as the Padres were defeated 5-4. Lockett is 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA, a 2.31 WHIP, seven walks and eight strikeouts over 8.2 innings in his two starts this year. He faces the Phillies for the first time in his major league career in this outing. Lockett is 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA, a 2.47 WHIP, six walks and four strikeouts over 5.2 innings in two career appearances, one start, at Petco Park. He was 4-9 with a 4.92 ERA, a 1.343 WHIP, 27 walks and 104 strikeouts over 111.2 innings in 19 starts for Triple-A El Paso of the Pacific Coast League this season