Philadelphia (36-29) at Seattle (27-35)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Seattle, WA
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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 15, 2005
  • TV: CSN, FSNW
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For one night, the Philadelphia Phillies struggled on offense. Maybe Vicente Padilla’s presence will help them return to form.

Padilla will try to help the Phillies bounce back from their first loss in seven games when they continue their interleague series with the Seattle Mariners.

Philadelphia batted .288 during its six-game winning streak before being limited to three singles in a 3-1 loss on Tuesday. The Phillies wasted an effective start from Jon Lieber, who went the distance and scattered 10 hits.

Padilla is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA over his last two outings, taking advantage of tremendous run support. The Phillies scored 10 runs in each of those games after scoring a total of 19 in his first seven starts.

The 27-year-old right-hander allowed four runs and four hits over five innings in a 10-8 win over Texas on Thursday. Padilla has yet to get past the sixth inning in any of his outings.

This will be Padilla’s second career start against the Mariners. He allowed five runs and 10 hits over six innings in a 7-2 loss on June 4, 2003.

Left fielder Pat Burrell was hitless in four at-bats on Tuesday to end his 11-game hitting streak. Burrell is still batting .367 (18-for-49) with 13 RBIs over the team’s last 14 games.

Seattle won for the seventh time in nine home games behind eight outstanding innings from Gil Meche, who gave up one run and three hits. Dave Hansen homered and also notched his first stolen base in two years.

Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre is expected to be out for the entire series after missing Tuesday’s game. Beltre, who is batting just .241 at home, is suffering from a left hamstring strain suffered on Sunday at Washington.

“We don’t anticipate it being a DL,” Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. “It may turn out to be that way. You never know with hamstrings. But I don’t know that we’re really even talking about the DL.”

Ichiro Suzuki collected his 1,000th career hit in the first inning on Tuesday, becoming just the third player since 1900 to reach the plateau in less than 700 games. Suzuki reached the mark in 696 games, while Chuck Klein and Lloyd Waner did it in 683 and 686, respectively.

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V. Padilla Bos vs. A. Sele NYM
9-12 Record 6-12
4.71 ERA 5.66
103 K 53
74 BB 41
1.50 WHIP 1.62