J.T. Snow certainly enjoyed his first trip to Philadelphia’s new hitter-friendly ballpark.
He’ll try to lead the San Francisco Giants to their third straight win when they meet the Phillies in the middle game of their series at Citizens Bank Park.
Snow had the first three-homer game of his career and scored a career-high five runs Friday to lead the Giants to a 16-6 rout. As so many other players have discovered this season, Snow learned that balls tend to fly out of the Phillies’ new park.
“It might be a better place to hit than Coors Field,” Snow said. “We deserve it. We play in the toughest park to hit.”
The Phillies hit six homers Wednesday in their first-year home, which has quickly earned a reputation as one of the easiest parks in which to homer.
“Our park and San Diego are probably the two toughest parks to hit in,” Snow said. “If San Diego is a 10 on the hard scale, this is a one or a two.”
Snow had a chance at four homers, but struck out swinging against Roberto Hernandez in the ninth. Giants manager Felipe Alou said he did not even know Snow was approaching a milestone.
“I thought it was two. He hit three?” Alou said.
They are also 2 1/2 games ahead of the fading Phillies, who are 1-4 on their 10-game road trip. The Phillies, who have not won more than four straight games at any point this season, are still hoping to be a factor in the NL playoff race.
“We’re still looking for a hot streak,” reliever Tim Worrell said. “We haven’t had one all year.”
Philadelphia will now look for a strong start from Eric Milton, who has been the most consistent member of their rotation this season.
Milton is trying to become the first Philadelphia pitcher to go 13-2 since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton in 1980, but he is just 1-0 with a 4.73 ERA in seven starts since July 4.
The 29-year-old left-hander allowed one run and three hits over seven innings Monday in the Phillies’ 4-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
“I was doing my job and trying to give us a chance to win,” Milton said. “I think I did that.”