San Diego finally ended its hex against the Phillies at Petco Park, breaking a 13-game losing streak against Philadelphia with a 5-1 win on Saturday. The outcome snapped the longest active streak of any visiting club at any ballpark, and the Phillies' longest win streak at any ballpark in club history.
At last, the Padres' offense showed some signs of life.
San Diego scored just one run total in losing the first two contests of its four-game set against the Phillies. They produced five runs on Saturday, which was plenty of support for Cory Luebke, who hurled eight shutout innings.
Manager Bud Black has mixed and matched his lineup, looking for a spark. The Padres had scored just eight runs in their previous four contests. Black hit catcher Nick Hundley in the cleanup spot on Saturday for the first time this season. Hundley hit .289 in 45 at-bats in the four-hole last year, but is batting just .182 this season.
"We do think he's having some better at-bats overall," Black said. "Last year, he produced some runs in that spot."
With Saturday's win, the Padres spoiled Roy Halladay's bid to become baseball's first four-game winner. The Phillies have yet to string together three consecutive wins this season.
In Sunday's series finale, Philadelphia will turn to Joe Blanton, who has had differing results in his two starts. Blanton limited Miami to one run on three hits in a win on April 12. On Tuesday, however, the right-hander served up four runs on 11 hits to San Francisco in a 4-2 loss.
"They hit some balls hard, but a lot of balls fell in," Blanton said after his last outing. "But give them credit, because I felt like they were tough pitches and they put the bat on the ball."
Phillies: Oblique injury sends Lee to DL
Cliff Lee landed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain on Saturday, just three days after the left-hander pitched 10 scoreless innings in a loss to the Giants.
"I think he did on a pitch in the 10th where he felt something," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "It grabbed him in his left side. It was sore the next day. I think it's improved each day. But we're being very cautious with this."
Lee is 0-1 with a 1.96 ERA in three starts. His move to the disabled list is retroactive to Thursday.
"Obliques, you just don't know how long they'll take, but he's shown improvement," Amaro said. "We're hopeful that he's only going to miss a couple starts."
Right-hander Kyle Kendrick will start in place of Lee on Monday against the Diamondbacks. The club recalled left-hander Joe Savery from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Lee's spot on the roster.
Padres: Bass looking for first win
Anthony Bass will make his third start of the season on Sunday. He has allowed four runs on seven hits in 9 1/3 innings in his two starts. He also has tossed four innings in two appearances out of the bullpen.
"Anthony threw the ball well again, but a couple mistakes got him," Black said after Bass' most recent outing, when he held Colorado to three runs in five innings. "His stuff was good. The velocity was there. A good, hard slider. A couple good changeups. They swung over the top of some sliders. His goal moving forward is to turn those 90-plus pitches into seven innings instead of five."
Chase Headley has already matched his home run total from last year, when he hit four round-trippers. He leads the Padres with a .286 batting average and .414 on-base percentage.
"He's really come on the last seven, eight games," Black said. "It's good for Chase, mentally. He's hit some home runs and doubles."
Worth noting Phillies starter Roy Halladay walked three consecutive batters for the first time in his career during his start on Saturday.
On Sunday, the Padres will attempt to win consecutive games for the first time this season.