That’s what he’ll be looking for when the 25-year-old right-hander tries to slow down the team with baseball’s best record.
Padilla will look to follow up one of his better starts of the season with a similar effort as the Phillies meet the Seattle Mariners in the middle game of their interleague series at Veterans Stadium.
Last Wednesday, Padilla broke a five-start winless streak in the Phillies’ 11-3 rout of the New York Mets. He went seven innings, giving up one run and three hits.
“It was my first win in a while and I’m glad to help the team out,” Padilla said through an interpreter. “I hope to do the same thing next start.”
If the Phillies continue hitting as they did in Tuesday’s series opener, they may need a dominant performance from Padilla. Philadelphia managed just six hits in a 4-0 loss.
“They have a good club, good hitters. You can’t let up against them,” said Moyer, who grew up near Philadelphia. “I tried to stay competitive, stay ahead in the count and keep the ball down.”
Boone finished 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to nine games. He’s batting .382 (26-for-68) with 25 RBIs over his last 16 games.
STANDINGS: Mariners - 1st place, AL West. Phillies - 3rd place, 7 GB, NL East.
MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Gil Meche (7-2, 3.11 ERA). Meche, who will be making his first start against Philadelphia, is 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA over his last three games. On Thursday, he gave up four runs and six hits over seven innings in a 10-6 win over Minnesota. He is tied for fifth in the American League with seven wins.
PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Padilla (4-6, 4.21 ERA). Padilla has allowed fewer than two runs in just two starts this season. He is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in two career games against Seattle.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mariners - Edgar Martinez, .328 avg.; Boone, 16 HRs and 49 runs; Boone and Martinez, 47 RBIs; Ichiro Suzuki, 11 SBs. Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .320 avg.; Jim Thome, 12 HRs and 42 RBIs; Jimmy Rollins, 38 runs and 7 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Mariners - 1-0; Phillies - 0-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Mariners - 3B Jeff Cirillo left Tuesday’s game after five innings with a bruised right kneecap that he injured running into a railing while chasing a foul ball in the fourth. … Seattle’s winning streak is its longest since a 10-game run from April 8-17 last season—all on the road. … The Mariners are averaging six runs per game in RHP Meche’s 10 starts. Phillies - LF Pat Burrell is 2-for-28 (.071) over his last seven games, lowering his average to .198. … RHP Jose Mesa has 102 saves with the Phillies and needs one to tie Steve Bedrosian for the all-time franchise lead. … Philadelphia is 29-0 when leading after eight innings.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mariners - 21-7 on the road; Phillies - 17-12 at home.