Instant Replay: Padres 4, Phillies 3

Instant Replay: Padres 4, Phillies 3

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The Phillies staged a game-tying rally late in the game, but it wasn't enough. They lost, 4-3, to the San Diego Padres on Friday night. It was the Phils' fourth straight loss, dropping them to a majors-worst 28-57 on the season.

The Phillies are 11-22 in one-run games.

Austin Hedges had a big night for the Padres, who are just 37-49 in the season. He belted a pair of solo homers and broke a 3-3 tie with a sacrifice fly to center in the top of the ninth.

The Phillies tied the game at 3-3 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. They had two runners on base with one out in the bottom the eighth, but couldn't get the go-ahead run home.

The game was delayed by rain for one hour, 34 minutes in the seventh inning.

Starting pitching report
Nick Pivetta had another good start; he just made some mistakes that landed over the wall. The tall right-hander gave up just three runs in seven innings. All of the runs came on solo home runs. Control has been an issue for Pivetta, but he walked none in this outing while striking out seven. Pivetta has worked 14 innings in his last two outings and allowed just four runs. He has pitched seven innings in his three of his last five starts.

San Diego lefty Clayton Richard held the Phillies to one run over six innings.

Bullpen report
Pat Neshek preserved a 3-3 tie with scoreless work in the top of the eighth.

Hector Neris took the loss. He entered a tie game in the top of the ninth inning and gave up a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly.

San Diego right-hander Phil Maton gave up two runs in the eighth as the Phillies tied the game.

Brad Hand allowed a walk and a single in a tie game in the eighth, but came back to strike out Andres Blanco and Cameron Rupp to keep the game tied. He got the win. Brandon Maurer got the save. He struck out all three batters he faced.

At the plate
Tommy Joseph had a good night. He reached base four times with a double, a homer and two walks.

Joseph got the Phils on the board with his 15th homer of the season in the fourth inning. The Phillies rallied to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Rupp singled and pinch-hitter Nick Williams doubled. They scored on a groundout by Daniel Nava and a single by Freddy Galvis, respectively.

The Padres jumped out to a 3-1 lead on the strength of three solo homers, one by Jose Pirela and two by Hedges.

Trade talk
Joseph is on the trading block (see story).

Up next
The series continues Saturday afternoon with a 4:05 p.m. start. Aaron Nola (6-5, 3.73) pitches against San Diego's Jhoulys Chacin (7-7, 4.52)

Jerad Eickhoff will come off the disabled list to start for the Phillies in the final game before the All-Star break Sunday.

Phillies recall Jake Thompson from Triple A, option Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley

Phillies recall Jake Thompson from Triple A, option Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley

After Monday night's rain-soaked blowout loss, the Phillies' bullpen seems to be a bit depleted.

With that in mind, the Phillies have recalled pitcher Jake Thompson from Triple A and optioned reliever Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley.

After a lengthy rain delay cut short Vince Velasquez's start, the Phils' bullpen was charged with six innings of work in the 13-4 loss. Pinto, responsible for five of the runs, tossed 1 1/3 innings as play resumed in the fourth inning. 

He may not be down for long, though, as the Phils have an off day Thursday to recover.

Thompson seems like a peculiar choice to call up. He's struggled mightily this year in Lehigh Valley. The 23-year-old who came over in the Cole Hamels trade, is 4-11 with a 5.36 ERA. He's given up 107 hits in 94 innings pitched, as well as 36 walks on the year — one less than he gave up in 129 2/3 innings in 2016.

However, Thompson is already on the 40-man roster and has not pitched since going seven strong innings of two-run ball on July 20. 

Tonight's lineup: Phillies showcasing Howie Kendrick in cleanup spot

Tonight's lineup: Phillies showcasing Howie Kendrick in cleanup spot

With less than a week to go before the trade deadline, the Phillies are putting Howie Kendrick in prime position to show off his skillset to a contender.

After sitting out last night's 14-3 loss, Kendrick returns to the lineup, batting cleanup and playing left field. In four games since returning from a hamstring injury, Kendrick has picked up where he left off, hitting .364 with two RBIs. Overall, Kendrick has appeared in just 37 games for the Phillies in 2017, but has been exceptional when healthy. 

Although he may not hit for power, his .350 batting average and ability to play multiple positions in the infield and outfield should be enough to interest teams. 

Cesar Hernandez will again lead off vs. the Astros. Much like Kendrick, Hernandez has had a strong return from the DL, hitting .321 with six RBIs in seven games since the All-Star break. He's also worked five walks compared to just three strikeouts. It's no surprise Hernandez's return has coincided with the Phillies' recent hot offensive stretch (see Game Notes)

Since the All-Star break, the Phillies have the seventh-most runs scored in all of baseball. Monday's loss ended a stretch of seven straight games of five or more runs scored for the Phillies — their longest single-season stretch since 2005.

Nick Williams will hit in the three-hole for the second straight game. Williams has sparked the Phils' stagnant offense since his arrival to the big leagues. In 20 MLB games, Williams is slashing .315/.350/.966 with four homers and 18 RBIs. 

Here is the Phillies lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Howie Kendrick, LF
5. Odubel Herrera, CF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Tommy Joseph, 1B
8. Cameron Rupp, C
9. Nick Pivetta, P

And for the Astros:
1. Jose Altuve, 2B
2. Josh Reddick, RF
3. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
4. Evan Gattis, C
5. Marwin Gonzalez, SS
6. Derek Fisher, CF
7. Alex Bregman, 3B
8. Norichika Aoki, LF
9. Charlie Morton, P