(Sports Network) - Aiming to inch closer to the .500 mark, the Philadelphia
Phillies look to sweep a series in San Francisco for the first time in 29
years on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of a three-game set with the
After getting outscored 16-2 in back-to-back games by the NL-worst Miami
Marlins, the Phillies have opened their set against the defending champion
Giants with a pair of 6-2 victories. That has them in position to sweep their
first three-game series in San Francisco since May 18-20, 1984.
Philadelphia swept San Francisco in three games at home during the 2006
campaign, while the Giants won four of six against the Phils a season ago.
Kyle Kendrick allowed just two runs and six hits over seven innings of
Tuesday's win, striking out six without a walk to improve to 4-1 on the
Chase Utley had three hits, including a homer, drove in two runs and scored
twice, while Ryan Howard also went deep in the win. It marked the 50th time
that the two have homered in the same game, the most by a pair of teammates in
Jimmy Rollins and Michael Young also drove in a run each as the Phils moved to
16-18 on the year.
"We're getting guys over, we're putting bunts down," Utley said of his team's
offense. "We're definitely doing the little things right now which is big,
especially against a team like this."
Marco Scutaro went 2-for-4 with an RBI double to extend his hitting streak to
seven straight games and Angel Pagan knocked in a run for the Giants, who have
dropped back-to-back games following a six-game winning streak.
Tim Lincecum was tagged for five runs on nine hits and three walks to absorb
the loss, fanning seven.
"He was real good at times and other times he just made some mistakes," San
Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said of Lincecum. "He had good stuff tonight,
but along with that, he had trouble commanding the fastball at times."
The California-born Jonathan Pettibone will make his fourth career start today
for the Phillies and has pitched well since replacing the injured John Lannan
in the rotation.
Pettibone picked up his second victory on Friday, holding the Miami Marlins to
a run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings of a 4-1 win. Though he allowed a solo
homer, the offense also backed him up with three solo shots of their own and
the 22-year-old righty helped himself by not walking a batter.
He is 2-0 with a 3.24 earned run average.
"I just wanted to make a statement when I got up here -- just staying
aggressive," Pettibone said on the Phillies' website. "I've been able to do
that since I've been up
Pettibone will face the Giants for the first time in his second career road
start. He won at the New York Mets on April 27.
Five days shy of his 35th birthday, Barry Zito takes the hill for the Giants
in today's finale.
Zito returned to form a bit in a no-decision versus the Los Angeles Dodgers on
Friday. His club managed a 2-1 win after the lefty yielded a run on six hits
and four walks. However, 95 pitches forced Zito out after five-plus innings.
That outing came six days after he did not factor into an 8-7 loss at the San
Diego Padres. Zito was charged with six runs over 3 2/3 innings, though only
one run was earned.
Zito is 3-1 with a 3.06 ERA through six starts this season and 3-3 lifetime
versus the Phillies with a 4.60 ERA in seven meetings.
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