Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Game 21: The reverse lock

SAN DIEGO -- It would be fair to categorize this a mismatch.

Game 21: The reverse lock

Raul Ibanez will get the day off Sunday as he is hitless in his last 18 at-bats. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Raul Ibanez will get the day off Sunday as he is hitless in his last 18 at-bats. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

SAN DIEGO -- It would be fair to categorize this a mismatch.

Roy Halladay faces a Padres offense that has scored exactly twice in its last 32 innings of baseball. He is pitching in cavernous Petco Park for the first time in his career. Sound the no-hitter alarm.

But yeah, this is one of those games that looks so lopsided on paper that the outcome ends up the opposite. The Phillies hope that is not the case Sunday as they go for the four-game sweep.

Some numbers to chew on:

-- The Phillies have not scored more than four runs in 12 straight games. They are 8-4 in those games.

-- On the road, Phillies pitching has a 2.00 ERA (18 ER in 81 IP). They have four shutouts on the road, two more than any other club.

-- The Phillies are 14-6 in April and three wins shy of tying the club record for victories in April (17 in 1993).

-- If there is one guy to watch against Halladay, it's Jason Bartlett. In 33 career at-bats, he has 10 hits (.303 average) with two doubles.

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With Raul Ibanez 0 for his last 18, John Mayberry Jr. will start in left field.

1. Shane Victorino 8
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Jimmy Rollins 6
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Ben Francisco 9
6. John Mayberry Jr. 7
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. Michael Martinez 4
9. Roy Halladay 1


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