Matt Szczur lines out as pinch hitter in Padres' win over Phillies

Paola Ditto
Agosto 16, 2017

Cory Spangenberg is hot with his bat, but it was his entire game that shined in the Padres' victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Spangenberg expanded the Padres' lead to 4-0 with his 12th homer of the season - and fourth in three games - in the fourth. The righty holds a 4.08 ERA and 45/19 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings across 19 appearances - three starts - with the big club this season.

The Phillies have some solid bats this year.

Right-hander Carter Capps allowed a hit in the eighth but escaped with his first scoreless inning since returning from his May 2016 Tommy John surgery. Gals came up empty Tuesday; Herrera is fighting off a hamstring issue.

Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.14) has dropped his last five decisions and hasn't won since beating the Reds on June 13.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book, the Padres are -150 money line favorites versus the Phillies, who have odds of +135 to pull off the upset in San Diego.

Spangenberg extended his hitting streak to seven games with a two-run double, capping the Padres' three-run first inning off Mark Leiter Jr. In Tuesday's game, Margot whiffed 0-for-4, while Myers plated a run. Philadelphia is also 3-7 in Pivetta's last 10 road starts and 2-5 in Pivetta's last seven starts.

That would be the closest Philadelphia would get in dropping its fifth of its last six games.

With Cameron Rupp starting last night, the Phillies will continue to rotate their catchers in and out as Alfaro catches tonight's game in San Diego.

It's been a tough couple of starts for Pivetta. The 25-year-old did not factor in the decision in his last outing, when he gave up two runs and three hits over five innings. "I don't really remember it, to be completely honest".

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