Thursday, December 25, 2014

Game 13: It gets better, right?

SAN DIEGO — Maybe all the Phillies need is a stop in this beautiful city.

Game 13: It gets better, right?

(Matt Slocum/AP)
(Matt Slocum/AP)

SAN DIEGO — Maybe all the Phillies need is a stop in this beautiful city.

They have, after all, won 11 straight games at Petco Park. That is the longest active streak for any team at any ballpark in the majors. It also ties a franchise record set in 1954-55 when the Phillies won 11 straight at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field.

All told, the Phillies hold a 22-4 mark at Petco since it opened in 2004.

A night after watching his offense fail to score for 11 innings, Charlie Manuel tinkered with the lineup again.

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1. Juan Pierre 7
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Jimmy Rollins 6
4. Hunter Pence 9
5. Shane Victorino 8
6. John Mayberry Jr. 3
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. Freddy Galvis 4
9. Vance Worley 1

One notable thing: Ruiz will catch Worley. That hasn't happened since July 15, 2011, a span of 14 starts. Brian Schneider has served as Worley's catcher, but it's hard for Manuel to remove Ruiz from a lineup that has done nothing.

Meanwhile, the Padres hold baseball's worst record at 3-10. They are returning home from a miserable 1-5 roadtrip and are starting righthander Joe Wieland, who has all of five major-league innings to his name.

It gets better, right?

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