Series: Game 2 of 4

San Diego leads 2-0 (as of 9/16)

Game 1: Monday, September 15
San Diego1
Game 2: Tuesday, September 16
San Diego5
Game 3: Wednesday, September 17
San Diego2
Game 4: Thursday, September 18
San Diego7

Phillies 4

(69-82, 33-40 away)

Padres 5

(70-80, 42-31 home)

    10:10 PM ET, September 16, 2014

    Petco Park, San Diego, California 

    123456789 R H E
    PHI 010020001 4 5 2
    SD 20000300 - 5 10 0

    W: I. Kennedy (11-13)

    L: A. Burnett (8-17)

    S: K. Quackenbush (4)

    Phillies-Padres Preview


    Andrew Cashner just provided the San Diego Padres with the type of gem their struggling pitching staff sorely needed.

    Ian Kennedy now looks to shake off back-to-back losses with a similar performance when he takes the mound Tuesday night against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.

    San Diego (69-80) dropped nine of 11 while its starters posted a 5.52 ERA before Cashner tossed a two-hitter for his third career shutout in a 1-0 win over Philadelphia in Monday's series opener.

    Cashner needed only 92 pitches and struck out seven, while Rene Rivera scored the lone run on Cody Asche's second-inning error.

    Kennedy (10-13, 3.77 ERA) has dropped two straight starts for the fourth time this season, giving up 10 hits apiece in losses to Arizona and the Dodgers. It marked the first time the right-hander has ever allowed double-digit hits in consecutive starts.

    Manager Bud Black wasn't necessarily disappointed with Kennedy's performance when he surrendered three runs over six-plus innings in a 4-0 loss to Los Angeles on Wednesday.

    "I thought overall he pitched well enough to win on given nights," Black told MLB's official website. "Kept us in the game, threw pitches in the seventh inning in a pitchers' duel."

    He has shown resolve with a 3.18 ERA in three starts immediately following his previous two-game skids this season -- all Padres victories.

    In a 5-2 loss at Philadelphia on June 10, Kennedy allowed five runs in seven innings. He had been 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in five previous career meetings with the Phillies.

    Philadelphia (69-81) is struggling at the plate and failed to advance a runner past first base Monday. The Phillies have averaged 2.6 runs while dropping six of 10. Ben Revere -- who is hitting a club-best .307 -- is just 7 for 39 in that stretch.

    Jerome Williams was strong opposite Cashner, giving up the unearned run and three hits over 7 2/3 innings.

    "Jerome was pretty good himself," manager Ryan Sandberg said. "He pitched very well. We just couldn't get anything going off of Cashner."

    Revere is 3 for 7 against Kennedy, Chase Utley is 5 for 14 and Ryan Howard 2 for 15.

    A.J. Burnett (8-16, 4.34) gets the ball for Philadelphia after going 2-7 with a 5.68 ERA in his last nine starts. He gave up four runs over six innings in a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday.

    He got the win in a 5-2 victory over San Diego on June 10, yielding just two runs and a season low-tying three hits in 7 1/3 innings. However, he's still just 3-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 10 career starts against the Padres.

    Jedd Gyorko is hitting .343 over his last nine games for San Diego.

    Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon started serving a seven-game suspension issued by the commissioner's office Monday for making a lewd gesture and bumping an umpire.

    Papelbon was ejected following his blown save in Sunday's 5-4 loss to Miami after he appeared to grab his crotch in the direction of the fans while leaving the mound. He then made contact with umpire Joe West in an ensuing shouting match.

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    Gameday Matchup

     PhiladelphiaSan Diego
    Current StreakL2L2
    Last 103-76-4

    Pitching Matchup

    PhiladelphiaSan Diego
    A. Burnett
    8-18, 4.59 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at PHI
    6.2 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Loss
    I. Kennedy
    13-13, 3.63 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 at SF
    7.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.PhiladelphiaSan Diego
    1. T. Gwynn, CF C. Spangenberg, 2B
    2. C. Asche, 3B W. Venable, LF
    3. C. Utley, 2B Y. Solarte, 3B
    4. R. Howard, 1B Y. Grandal, 1B
    5. G. Sizemore, RF R. Rivera, C
    6. D. Brown, LF J. Goebbert, LF
    7. C. Rupp, C A. Amarista, SS
    8. F. Galvis, SS R. Liriano, RF
    9. A. Burnett, P I. Kennedy, P

    Research Notes

    With a loss tonight, the Phillies can clinch their second straight losing season. They are currently 69-81 after going 73-89 a year ago. The last time the Phillies recorded consecutive losing season was from 1994-2000.
    Ryan Howard is hitting .339 over the past month in at-bats ending with a pitch down in the zone or below. Ian Kennedy has allowed opposing batters to hit .354 on pitches in that location over the past month, the second-highest rate in MLB.

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