Instant Replay: Padres 8, Phillies 2

slideshow-phillies-freddy-galvis-ap.jpg

Instant Replay: Padres 8, Phillies 2

BOX SCORE

The Phillies’ three-game winning streak came to an end in a lopsided 8-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Hard-throwing right-hander Andrew Cashner pitched 7 2/3 dominant innings for the win.

The Phillies had just two hits entering the eighth inning. They had five in the final two innings and were out-hit, 13-7, for the night.

San Diego has won four in a row.

Starting pitching report
Tyler Cloyd pitched four-plus innings -- he did not get an out in the fifth -- and allowed nine hits and seven runs. Cloyd is 2-4.

Cashner had five 1-2-3 innings. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Cashner is 9-8.

Bullpen report
Hard-throwing right-hander Ethan Martin, moved to the bullpen after struggling as a starter, saw his first work as a reliever. He needed just 10 pitches -- all strikes -- to get through a perfect sixth inning.

Dale Thayer and Brad Brach had trouble closing the door on the Phillies. Luke Gregerson got the final three outs.

At the plate
Cody Asche provided the Phillies’ first run run with a solo homer in the fifth. It came on a 2-2 changeup.

Chase Utley had a double in the fourth. Kevin Frandsen doubled in the ninth.

Jedd Gyorko and Chase Headley both had three hits for San Diego. Headley, Ronny Cedeno and Rene Rivera all drove in two runs.

Lineup stuff
Catcher Cameron Rupp made his first big-league start. He beat out a slow roller in the eighth for his first big-league hit. Rupp stumbled to the ground as he reached first base and received a nice ovation from the crowd.

The paid attendance was 29,242.

Health check
Roy Halladay hasn’t been feeling well, so he will move back a day and pitch Thursday night. Domonic Brown, recovering from a sore right Achilles tendon, is ramping up his rehab (see story).

Up next
Lefties Cliff Lee (12-6, 3.01) and Eric Stults (8-13, 4.07) are the pitchers in Wednesday night’s game.

End could be near for Jimmy Rollins, who's unlikely to make Giants' roster

End could be near for Jimmy Rollins, who's unlikely to make Giants' roster

The long-expected homecoming for Jimmy Rollins didn't go as planned.

Rollins, now 38, is unlikely to make the San Francisco Giants' opening-day roster.

"We've talked to Jimmy and he knows the scenario and the situation," manager Bruce Bochy told reporters earlier this week. "We're just waiting to hear back from him."

J-Roll was hoping to catch on with the Giants as a utility infielder. San Francisco already has an everyday shortstop in Brandon Crawford, so Rollins' role would have been to back him up, play a little second base and perhaps some third base. 

But Rollins hit just .125 this spring and fell clearly behind fellow veteran Aaron Hill, who is three years younger and at this point simply a better hitter.

Is this the end for J-Roll? If it is, he'll finish with a .264/.324/.418 batting line in over 10,000 plate appearances, 2,455 hits, 511 doubles, 231 homers and 470 steals.

Rollins is one of just four players ever with that many career doubles and steals. The others are Barry Bonds, Ty Cobb and Paul Molitor.

While some players have precipitous drop-offs that lead to retirement -- forced or unforced -- Rollins' decline has been more gradual. His batting average has dipped in each of the last four seasons, from .252 in 2013 to .243 to .224 to .221 last season. 

Rollins latched on with the White Sox last spring and was their opening-day shortstop, but he was released on June 15 as Chicago made room for top prospect Tim Anderson.

Rollins, who played 15 seasons with the Phillies, is the franchise leader in at-bats, hits and doubles. He's second in steals, third in triples and runs scored, ninth in homers and eighth in RBIs.

He also won an MVP, a World Series, four Gold Gloves and made three All-Star teams.

Enough to make the Hall of Fame? That's obviously subjective, but for as much as he did for the Phillies and for how much he impacted the game for more than a decade, Rollins' rate stats -- namely the .251/.317/.395 batting line he posted from 2008-16 -- could keep him out of Cooperstown, even though some of his counting stats are more impressive than Barry Larkin's.

Phillies finalize bullpen; final two bench jobs to be announced later today

Phillies finalize bullpen; final two bench jobs to be announced later today

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies finalized their bullpen Thursday morning and will complete the rest of their roster later in the day, manager Pete Mackanin said.

Lefties Adam Morgan and Joely Rodriguez were named to the final two spots in the bullpen after veteran Luis Garcia was optioned to Triple A.

The final two spots on the roster are both bench jobs. Brock Stassi, Daniel Nava and Jesmuel Valentin are the final candidates.

"We're going to pick two out of three and we'll know by the end of the game," Mackanin said before the Phillies were to play the Yankees in a 1 p.m. game.

There are indications that Stassi will make the roster, leaving the final spot down to Nava and Valentin. Nava is a first baseman/outfielder. Valentin, 22, is a second baseman by trade. If he doesn't make the club, he will play every day at Triple A.

Andres Blanco, Aaron Altherr and rookie catcher Andrew Knapp are already set on the bench.

Garcia was sent to the minors one day after pitching poorly against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland. He was tagged for five hits and two runs in two innings of work. One of the hits was a double. Garcia needed 45 pitches to get through the two innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out three.

Garcia will likely close at Triple A.

"He developed a splitter over the course of spring training and we want him to go down and work on it," Mackanin said. "It could be a real good pitch for him in the future."

As far as bullpen roles, Morgan will work as a long man while Rodriguez will be more of a situational lefty. Jeanmar Gomez, Hector Neris, Edubray Ramos, Joaquin Benoit and Pat Neshek round out the bullpen.

Gomez will open the season as the closer. He saved 37 games last season but lost the job in September.

"I'm going to go with Gomez," Mackanin said. "He's going to get every opportunity to do the job. If he doesn't, we're going to take a look at it."