The resurgent Pat Burrell and the Philadelphia Phillies look to build upon their first taste of interleague success when they meet the Anaheim Angels in the opener of a three-game set at Edison Field.
Burrell hit a three-run homer in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics to help Philadelphia snap a four-game losing streak with a 7-1 win—the Phillies’ first interleague victory this season.
“It was a long day and it will be a longer night, but I’ll take it,” manager Larry Bowa said before his team boarded its flight to Anaheim. “It’s tough to sweep a doubleheader, especially against a tough team like Oakland.”
Burrell was 3-for-34 before getting two hits in the opening game of the set, including his first home run since May 24. Despite the slump, his last six hits have gone for extra bases—four doubles and two home runs.
“I’m not out of it yet, but this was big for me,” said Burrell, who sat out the second game with the flu. “I’ll keep the flu if it keeps this up.”
The Angels have won six of eight with Sunday’s 8-5 victory over the Florida Marlins.
Adam Kennedy and Garret Anderson had run-scoring singles in a three-run fifth inning as the Angels overcame a four-run deficit. It was the 12th come-from-behind victory this season for the Angels, and the sixth time they rallied to win after trailing by three runs or more.
“We have guys who keep playing,” Kennedy said, “take it at-bat by at-bat, and see what happens.”
STANDINGS: Phillies - 3rd place, 9 1/2 GB, NL East. Angels - 3rd place, 10 1/2 GB, AL West.
PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Vicente Padilla (4-7, 4.48 ERA). After opening the season 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA over his first four starts, Padilla is 1-6 with a 5.78 ERA over his last eight outings. The 25-year-old right-hander was tagged for five runs and 10 hits over six innings in Wednesday’s 7-2 loss to Seattle. Padilla has pitched just one inning against Anaheim in his career, allowing one hit in the relief appearance.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Jarrod Washburn (6-5, 3.09 ERA). Washburn has allowed just one run over 12 2-3 innings in winning two straight. The left-hander yielded that run, along with five hits, in Wednesday’s 11-2 win over Montreal, striking out four and walking one. He makes his first career appearance against Philadelphia.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .322 avg.; Thome, 14 HRs and 45 RBIs; Jimmy Rollins, 39 runs and 7 SBs. Angels - Anderson, .315 avg. and 57 RBIs; Troy Glaus, 14 HRs and 41 runs; Kennedy, 10 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Phillies - 2-4; Angels - 4-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Phillies - Philadelphia drew a combined nine walks Sunday and is averaging 4.2 free passes per game. The Phillies have had just three games this season in which no one has walked. … With C Lieberthal behind the plate, attempted base stealers have had an 88 percent success rate (36-for-41) this season. … OF Marlon Byrd is batting .500 (12-for-24) over his last nine games. Angels - LHP Washburn is 6-0 with a 4.22 ERA in 14 career interleague starts. … OF Darin Erstad, on the disabled list since April 20, is scheduled to be activated on Monday. To make room, the Angels optioned RHP Bart Miadich to Triple-A Salt Lake after Sunday’s game. … The Angels activated RHP Troy Percival from the 15-day DL Sunday and placed RHP Mickey Callaway on the 15-day DL. Percival, who had been on the DL since May 23 with a hip injury, pitched a hitless ninth for his eight save of the season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Phillies - 14-14 on the road. Angels - 15-12 at home.
INJURIES: Phillies - INF Tyler Houston (finger), 15-day DL; RHP David Coggin (shoulder), 15-day DL. Angels - RHP Mickey Callaway (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Erstad (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL.