By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The ten-game road trip continues for the Phillies on Tuesday night as they play another game in San Diego.
The road trip started off with a spectacular disaster on Monday night, the Phillies wasting a great start by Cliff Lee and blowing a three-run lead in the 9th inning, eventually losing in ten innings, 4-3.
Jonathan Papelbon continued an alarming trend with his fourth blown save in his last five appearances in that series opener. During this stretch, Papelbon has pitched five innings, allowing seven hits (including two home runs), five runs (three earned) with two walks and three strikeouts.
Kyle Kendrick will try to stop the bleeding as he gets the start for the Phillies. The right-hander is 6-4 on the season with a 3.56 ERA. He pitched very well in his last start, allowing just a run on two hits in 7 2/3 innings of work, but he had to settle for a no-decision as the Phils blew a 9th inning lead in that game as well, eventually losing in 11 innings 6-2.
In his career against the Padres, Kendrick is 2-1 in four appearances with a 5.51 ERA.
The Padres will counter with right-hander Jason Marquis who is 9-2 this season with a 3.59 ERA.
The Phillies come into this game with a record of 36-41, they are eight games behind first-place Atlanta in National League East.
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Bill Baer of the website Crashburn Alley about the Phillies struggles.