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San Francisco Giants (17-4) at Philadelphia Phillies (13-9), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Kurt Ainsworth (3-1, 5.40)
Philadelphia - Vicente Padilla (3-1, 2.30)
(Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants, winners of 18 straight regular
season series, hope to get off to a good start on a three-game set in
Philadelphia tonight against the Phillies.
San Francisco is now 14-0-4 in its last 18 series dating back to last season.
The team has not lost a set since August 23-25, 2002 when it dropped two-of-
three to Montreal. The franchise is also off to its best start since 1938 when
the New York Giants were 18-3.
The Giants, who are 4-2 on their nine-game road trip, secured another series
win yesterday with a 3-1 triumph in Pittsburgh. Damian Moss threw seven-plus
shutout innings for San Francisco, which has won its last two games.
Barry Bonds returned after missing the last two games with a stiff neck and
had two hits, while driving in a run. Jose Cruz Jr. and Andres Galarraga also
both collected a pair of hits with an RBI for the Giants.
Kurt Ainsworth will head to the mound tonight for the Giants, trying for his
fourth win of the year. The 24-year-old righthander lost his previous outing,
Sunday against the Dodgers, when he surrendered six hits and seven runs -- six
earned -- in 4 1/3 innings. This will be his first appearance against the
Philadelphia goes into tonight's matchup fresh off a three-game sweep of the
Colorado Rockies. On Thursday, Chase Utley collected his first major league
hit, a grand slam, and added a double to lead the Phillies to a 9-1 win.
Pat Burrell also homered and Jimmy Rollins and David Bell each scored a run on
three hits apiece for the Phillies. Rollins has reached base safely in 18
Vicente Padilla will pitch for the Phillies tonight, as he aims to win his
fourth straight start. The 25-year-old righthander is coming off his best
outing of the season, throwing a four-hit shutout last Saturday against the
Padilla is 1-1 in four career games against the Giants. In his last start
against San Francisco, April 30, 2002 at Pac Bell Park, Padilla had a perfect
game through five innings and got the win after yielding just three hits and a
run over eight innings.
The teams split six meetings last season with the Phillies winning two of
three at the Vet. Philadelphia won the final two games of the season series.
Bonds, who will be making his last trip to Veterans Stadium, is a .317 career
hitter in Philadelphia with 26 homers and 76 RBI.
The Giants are hopeful first baseman J.T. Snow can return to the lineup
tonight. He missed yesterday's game with a bruised right forearm after getting
hit by a pitch in Wednesday's contest.
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