Giants 3, Phillies 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Brett Tomko had quite an outing against Philadelphia: He got back in the win column, tamed Philly’s homer-friendly park and put San Francisco within a whisker of the wild-card lead.
Tomko allowed one run in six innings for his first win in nearly a month and helped the Giants complete a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 3-1 victory Sunday.
Tomko (6-6) allowed four hits, giving up his only run on Bobby Abreu’s sixth-inning homer. He had been 0-1 in five starts since beating Arizona on July 19. The flyball pitcher admitted to some concern pitching in the notorious hitter’s park, but refused to change his approach.
With good command of his breaking ball and the help of some wet, humid conditions that made balls die on the warning track, the Philadelphia bats were quieted.
“Every time the ball is hit in the air here you kind of gasp a little bit,” Tomko said. “It’s one of those ballparks like Coors where you don’t know what’s going to happen. No lead is safe.”
Unless, perhaps, there’s a bullpen like San Francisco’s waiting.
The Giants bullpen allowed one run and six hits in 11 1-3 innings in the series in sweeping the Phillies for the first time since 1998. After an 0-2 start, the Giants finished 4-2 on this road trip.
San Francisco (64-55) is less than a percentage point behind San Diego and Chicago (63-54), who share the wild-card lead. The Giants are 6 1/2 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West.
“There’s still a long time, but we’re already looking at the possibility of the wild card,” manager Felipe Alou said. “There are so many teams in that purgatory.”
Lump the Phillies in the list, also.
They could have used him.
Philadelphia (59-59), at .500 for the first time since May 8, lost for the sixth time in seven games and remained 4 1/2 games out in the wild-card race. The fans loudly booed following every missed opportunity and have really turned on catcher Mike Lieberthal (.256).
“The only way we can get to the playoffs if we get a streak going,” Lieberthal said. “We’ve got to get hot.”
Vicente Padilla (4-6), coming off an elbow injury, allowed two runs, four hits and four walks in seven innings. Making only his second start since May 29, Padilla struck out the side in the fifth inning and six overall. He retired 12 straight in one stretch.
“It’s a shame we didn’t get him any runs because he did a great job,” manager Larry Bowa said. “It’s very difficult the way we’re swinging the bats.”
Padilla was cruising with a 1-0 lead until he walked Bonds opening the seventh. After intentionally walking Bonds in the first inning with a man on, Padilla pitched to Bonds and became agitated, pacing around the mound, when plate umpire Mark Carlson called it ball four.
Former Phillies outfielder Ricky Ledee, traded to San Francisco on July 30, tied the game with a sacrifice fly. After the second out, pinch-hitter Michael Tucker was intentionally walked. Then Deivi Cruz, another pinch hitter, sliced an opposite-field RBI double just past diving first baseman Chase Utley.
Ledee teared up two days earlier talking about how much Philadelphia meant to him, but had no trouble trying to beat the Phillies.
“It feels good to contribute against anybody,” he said. “It’s kind of weird, but I’ll get used to it.”
Pierzynski scored for a 2-1 lead, but Tucker was thrown out at home by Abreu. Pedro Feliz added a RBI double in the ninth.
Bonds went 0-for-2 with one run scored and two walks. He leads the major leagues with 168 walks, a record 88 of them intentional.
Bonds made a nice sliding catch into left-field foul territory to end the sixth. … Byrd thought he homered with a drive to right that appeared to clear the rail and bounce back on the field. The umpires ruled it a double and manager Phillies Larry Bowa came out for a brief argument, but the call stood. … With Thome out, Abreu batted fourth for only the third time this year. … Cruz extended his hitting streak to 10 games.