San Diego native Cole Hamels takes the hill tonight at 10pm as the Padres host the Phillies for the second of their four game set at Petco Park. Roy Oswalt threw six innings of shut out ball last night and if Hamels’ lifetime numbers at Petco are any indication, he should be able to equal or beat Lil Roy’s outing.
In four career starts in his hometown, Hamels has gone 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA. Lifetime against the Padres he’s a 4-2 with a 2.75 ERA. In his last appearance at Petco he threw eight shutout innings of four hit ball.
The Phillies are looking for their ninth straight victory in San Diego.
The Padres will counter with Clayton Richard, who has opposed Hamels once before. At the end of August last year, Richard took the loss after giving up fours over 7+ innings.
Richards was roughed up by the Astros his last time out giving up six runs and seven hits in just over five innings.