Philadelphia (63-51) at San Francisco (71-43)

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  • Game info: 10:15 pm EDT Fri Aug 8, 2003
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Randy Wolf was the Philadelphia Phillies’ most consistent starter over the first half the season. He will look to break out of a small skid to prove that he still is.

Wolf will take the mound when the Phillies open a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants at Pacific Bell Park.

Since pitching a four-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on July 23, the All-Star left-hander has allowed nine earned runs in 12 innings over two starts.

On Saturday, he gave up six runs—four earned—and five hits through five innings of a 6-4 loss to the San Diego Padres.

”(Wolf) just didn’t have his control,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

Bowa will look from a better performance from Wolf as the Phillies try to snap a two-game losing streak.

After beating the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Tuesday, the Phillies dropped the final two games of the series, including a 4-3 loss on Thursday.

Despite the loss, Philadelphia maintained its one-game lead over the Florida Marlins in the NL wild-card race.

The Giants welcome the Phillies to Pac Bell after taking two of three against the Pittsburgh Pirates. On Thursday, Jeffrey Hammonds hit his first homer with the Giants to break a seventh-inning tie and give San Francisco a 7-5 victory.

Hammonds started the year with Milwaukee and hit .158 with a home run and three RBIs in 10 games. He was released by the Brewers on June 4, signed a minor league deal with San Francisco on July 2 and was promoted to the majors at the end of the month.

“This is where everybody wants to play,” said Hammonds, a Stanford grad. “I was dreaming about this two months ago. The Bay Area has always been good to me and I’ve always wanted to come back here.”

Hammonds, who is batting .231 (5-for-13) with four RBIs for the Giants, has impressed his teammates since coming to San Francisco.

“He’s a quality player who knows what needs to be done,” outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. said. “We have guys here who have been successful in the major leagues. There’s no lack of confidence.”

STANDINGS: Phillies - 2nd place, 12 GB, NL East. Giants - 1st place, NL West.

PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Wolf (11-6, 3.38 ERA). In five career games against the Giants, Wolf is 3-1 with a 3.98 ERA.

GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Jesse Foppert (7-8, 5.27 ERA). Foppert is 2-0 with a 4.24 ERA in three starts since his recall from Triple-A Fresno on July 20. He pitched 4 1-3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits, in the Giants’ 5-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. Foppert was outdueled by Kevin Millwood in a 1-0 loss to the Phillies on April 27, his only previous start against Philadelphia. He allowed one run and three hits in six innings, but Millwood pitched a no-hitter.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .315 avg.; Jim Thome, 27 HRs, 83 RBIs and 73 runs; Jimmy Rollins, 16 SBs. Giants - Barry Bonds, .330 avg., 34 HRs, 71 RBIs and 81 runs; Marquis Grissom, 9 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Phillies, 2-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Phillies - The Phillies are batting .208 (21-for-101) in their last three games. … Philadelphia is 21-0 when scoring eight or more runs. … 3B David Bell, on the disabled list with a strained lower back, said the dizziness he experienced earlier this week has subsided since he changed his medication. Giants - 3B Edgardo Alfonzo is batting just .125 (4-for-32) in his career against LHP Wolf. … 2B Ray Durham will likely miss at least four games because of an injury in his right leg. … LF Bonds needs one double to tie Al Oliver for 26th on the all-time list with 529.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Phillies - 29-26 on the road; Giants - 39-17 at home.

INJURIES: Phillies - 3B Bell (back), 15-day DL; RHP David Coggin (shoulder), 15-day DL. Giants - C Alberto Castillo (wrist), 15-day DL; IF Rich Aurilia (appendicitis), 15-day DL; OF Marvin Benard (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Kirk Rueter (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Chad Zerbe (oblique), 15-day DL.

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Starting Pitchers

R. Wolf DET vs. J. Foppert MIA
16-10 Record 8-9
4.23 ERA 5.03
177 K 101
78 BB 69
1.27 WHIP 1.55