Philadelphia (63-52) at San Francisco (72-43)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sat Aug 9, 2003
  • TV: FOX
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The San Francisco Giants upgraded their starting rotation when they traded left-hander Damian Moss to Baltimore for dominating right-hander Sidney Ponson.

The boost was bigger than expected. They also came up with a spot for Dustin Hermanson.

Taking over Moss’ spot in the back end of the rotation, Hermanson looks to build upon his masterful debut as San Francisco takes on the Philadelphia Phillies in the middle game of their series at Pacific Bell Park.

Called up from Triple-A Fresno last Saturday, the right-hander allowed two runs and four hits over six innings in Sunday’s 7-3 win over Cincinnati—his first start since Aug. 22, 2002, when he was with the Boston Red Sox.

“He is a very refreshing type of individual, very contagious,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said of Hermanson.

Hermanson made 23 relief appearances with St. Louis this season before being released in June. The Giants signed him to a minor league contract on July 14.

He expected to start for Fresno at Portland on Sunday, and was with the team last Saturday before learning he had less than an hour to catch a flight to Cincinnati.

“Sometimes, that’s the best thing—just go out and pitch,” Hermanson said. “I just tried to remind myself that I’d been (in the majors) for quite a while and to be aggressive and have fun.”

The Giants have won four of five, including Friday’s 9-1 romp in the opening game of the set. Barry Bonds hit his major league-leading 35th home run, a three-run shot, and Andres Galarraga also homered for the NL West leaders.

The Giants beat the Phillies for the 11th time in 13 games at Pac Bell Park.

The Phillies, who were held to just three hits, have lost three straight and four of five.

With the setback, Philadelphia fell into a tie with the surging Florida Marlins for the NL wild-card lead.

STANDINGS: Phillies - 2nd place, 13 GB, NL East. Giants - 1st place, NL West.

PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Vicente Padilla (10-8, 3.57 ERA). Padilla is 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA over his last five starts, allowing more than two earned runs just once. The 25-year-old right-hander didn’t factor in the decision in Philadelphia’s 5-2 loss to San Diego on Sunday, allowing one run and six hits over six innings. Padilla is 1-2 with a 2.41 ERA in five career appearances, including two starts, against San Francisco.

GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Hermanson (2-2, 5.05 ERA). Hermanson is 2-4 with a 3.88 ERA in 14 career appearances, including 10 starts, against Philadelphia.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .313 avg.; Jim Thome, 27 HRs, 83 RBIs and 73 runs; Jimmy Rollins, 16 SBs. Giants - Bonds, .331 avg., 35 HRs, 74 RBIs and 82 runs; Marquis Grissom, 9 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Phillies - C Lieberthal is hitting .333 in 12 career at-bats against RHP Hermanson with two homers and eight RBIs. … The Phillies have not won back-to-back games in San Francisco since May 13-14, 1991. … The Phillies lost for the first time in nine games on the road with the attendance more than 35,000. Giants - 3B Edgardo Alfonzo is batting .333 against RHP Padilla with one double, two homers and four RBIs. … OF Bonds was intentionally walked twice Friday, giving him 44 this season. He’s on pace for 73, which would break his own mark of 68 set last year. … 2B Ray Durham was placed on the 15-day DL with a right leg injury before the game. OF Marvin Benard was activated from the DL to replace him.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Phillies - 29-27 on the road; Giants - 40-17 at home.

INJURIES: Phillies - 3B David Bell (back), 15-day DL; RHP David Coggin (shoulder), 15-day DL. Giants - 2B Durham (leg), 15-day DL; C Alberto Castillo (wrist), 15-day DL; SS Rich Aurilia (appendicitis), 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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V. Padilla Bos vs. D. Hermanson Cin
14-12 Record 3-3
3.62 ERA 4.06
133 K 39
62 BB 24
1.24 WHIP 1.37