Padres Can't Sweep, Lose 10-4

After taking the front end of the twin bill, 6-4, they ran out of gas as the Phillies gained a split on Saturday. Placido Polanco and Bobby Abreu each drove in three runs in the nightcap, powering the Phillies to a 10-4 win over the Padres in front of 35,239 fans, who were treated to human cannonballs in between games.

August 2nd, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 10 0
Philadelphia 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 4 x 10 14 1

WPRheal Cormier (3-0) 2 IP 0ER 0H 0BB 2K ERA: 1.21
LPJoe Roa (1-3) 3-1/3 IP 5ER 6H 3BB 3K ERA: 6.03

Joe Roa, who was claimed off waivers by the Padres on July 23, was made his first start for the Friars. Roa actually began the season with the Phillies, making three starts in six appearances before being released on May 27.

Roa lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits. Roa (1-3) also walked three and struck out three to take the loss.

Rheal Cormier (3-0) picked up the win by tossing two innings of scoreless relief.

Carlos Silva made his first start of the season for the Phillies, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. But he only went four innings and did not qualify for the win.

The Phillies got on the board early continuing a trend in the series. Placido Polanco and Jim Thome each walked with one out. Abreu then followed with an RBI single to right off Roa to score Polanco for a 1-0 Phillies lead.

The Padres tied it in the second. Sean Burroughs reached base on a fielder's choice and then Matthews doubled down the left-field line off Silva to bring home Burroughs.

The Phillies quickly reclaimed the lead in the bottom frame when Todd Pratt led off the inning with a double to left. With one out, Silva collected his first Major League hit on a dribbler to third that Burroughs could not make a play on. One batter later, Polanco hit an RBI single to left off Roa, scoring Pratt, and the Phillies led, 2-1.

The Padres came back to tie the score in the third. Mark Kotsay hit a popup down the left-field line that fell in for a double when a trio of Phillies could not make a play. After Kotsay stole third, his sixth theft of the season, Loretta drove him in with a groundout to short off Silva.

In the top of the fourth, the Padres took their only lead when Matthews hit a one-out double to right-center. Miguel Ojeda followed with a single just out of the reach of Thome to score Matthews and the Padres led, 3-2.

But in the bottom half, the Phillies roared back and chased Roa. Pratt walked and Tomas Perez singled to open the inning. After pinch-hitter Pat Burrell popped out to left, Marlon Byrd followed with an RBI single off Roa, scoring Pratt and extending his hitting streak to 15 games.

Polanco then tripled into the right-field corner off Padres reliever Scott Linebrink to score both Perez and Byrd. Thome followed with a ground ball to first that plated Polanco and the Phillies enjoyed a 6-3 lead.

Byrd knocked in a run in the eighth with a single off Mike Matthews that scored Pratt. Abreu followed with a two-run single to center, scoring Jason Michaels and Byrd, and the Phillies led, 9-3.

Matthews had a terrible day allowing 7 earned runs on eight hits in just one inning of work across both games.

Ojeda, 3-3 on the day, hit the first pitch from Phillies reliever Jose Mesa in the ninth for his fourth homer of the year. Dan Plesac closed the game out.


Gary Matthews Jr., Sean Burroughs, Phil Nevin and Mark Loretta started both games for the Padres on Saturday. Nevin and Loretta each had hits in both games, Matthews had a pair of doubles in the second game but scored runs in each and Burroughs had two hits in the first game and scored a run in the second.

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