At long last, the trade deadline will have passed by the time the Phillies host the San Francisco Giants ."I think the trade deadline for our team has been a distraction," said the manager, whose team has gone 2-8 since the All-Star break and on the fringe of the wild-card race. "I'll be glad when it's over."
Among those who may be departing Philadelphia is Michael Young , who homered in Tuesday's 7-3 win over San Francisco that snapped an eight-game skid. He finished with two hits, two runs scored and two runs batted in."We just have to do our job," pitcher John Lannan said. "(Trade rumors) are part of the game. It's one of those things where you have to put it in the back of your mind and play. It's something you can't control."
If Young exits the City of Brotherly Love, no one will be happier than San Francisco starter Chad Gaudin (4-2, 2.77 ERA). Young has more hits (15) off Gaudin than any other batter and is a lifetime .455 hitter against the right-hander. Of those 15 hits, three are home runs and three are doubles.
Gaudin is looking to return to form after a rough start against Cincinnati. Gaudin had a 0.77 ERA in four starts leading into Wednesday, when he surrendered season highs of six runs and five walks in an 8-3 loss.
"I didn't command the fastball," Gaudin said. "I didn't get ahead of hitters and against a team like that you can't fall behind."
Gaudin has made nine relief appearances but never started against the Phillies (50-56). He pitched two scoreless innings against them on May 6, but owns a 5.79 ERA in three appearances at Citizens Bank Park.
Carlos Ruiz will look to make life difficult for Gaudin after hitting his first home run since September 25 on Tuesday. The Phillies catcher, who finished with 16 home runs last season, needed 152 at-bats this year to finally go deep."I think Carlos showed last year the kind of hitter he can be," Manuel said. "He's missed some time and he's had a hard time getting back to where he was."
The Giants (46-59), losers of five straight and eight of nine, would very much like to end a power drought of their own. They have gone nine games without a home run and have averaged 2.0 runs during that stretch."We couldn't get the offense going," manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's been the frustrating thing during the stretch. We kept talking about it. We just had to get the bats going. We've tried everything."
Buster Posey , tied for the team lead with 14 home runs, hasn't homered since July 20 and is mired in a 1-for-23 slump.
Fortunately for San Francisco, Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick (9-7, 3.96) has also struggled of late with a 5.76 ERA over his last five starts. Those woes continued Thursday, when he allowed three runs and four of his five total hits in the third inning of a 3-1 loss to St. Louis.
The right-hander, who pitched six innings in that defeat, has allowed just two runs over his last 11 1-3 innings against the Giants. He tossed seven innings of two-run ball in a 6-2 win May 7.
|San Francisco Giants|
|July 30, 2013||Buster Posey||Day-to-Day||Ill|
|July 29, 2013||Tony Abreu||15-Day DL||Left knee bursitis|
|July 25, 2013||Marco Scutaro||Day-to-Day||Back soreness|
|July 21, 2013||Jeremy Affeldt||15-Day DL||Strained left groin|
|July 09, 2013||Hector Sanchez||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|July 09, 2013||Hector Sanchez||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|July 26, 2013||Cliff Lee||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|July 24, 2013||Domonic Brown||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|July 24, 2013||Domonic Brown||Day-to-Day||Concussion|
|July 14, 2013||Joe Savery||15-Day DL||Left elbow stiffness|
|July 14, 2013||Ben Revere||15-Day DL||Broken right foot - out 6-8 weeks|
|July 13, 2013||Ben Revere||Day-to-Day||Broken right foot|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- When Chad Gaudin gets a hit, the rest of the San Francisco Giants have to join along.
Gaudin threw seven sharp innings and snapped an 0-for-40 slump, Brett Pill and Brandon Crawford homered, and the Giants ended a five-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.
"I figured sooner or later," Gaudin said about his RBI single in the third. "I'm pretty proud of that."
Gaudin was 1 for 58 before rolling a single through the left side. He was hitless in 17 at-bats this year, prompting him to take extra batting practice in San Francisco last week.
"Everybody kept asking me when I was going to get a hit," he said. "I figured I'd work on it. It paid off."
Neither team made a move as the non-waiver trade deadline passed Wednesday, a surprise considering both clubs are going nowhere.
The defending World Series champion Giants are last in the NL West. The Phillies entered 11 1/2 games out of first place and fell to nine back in the wild-card standings.
"I think it may have relaxed the guys," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the deadline passing. "We got a couple hits early and the confidence came back."
Gaudin (5-2) allowed one run and four hits, striking out five.
Roger Kieschnick had RBI singles in his first two major league at-bats for the Giants, who snapped a nine-game homerless drought when Pill went deep. Pill had three hits and four RBIs.
"The past couple games I kind of hit them where they weren't," Pill said. "There was a little luck involved."
Kyle Kendrick (9-8) gave up eight hits and seven runs in two-plus innings.
"I'm not going to make any excuse," Kendrick said. "I have to make better pitches. It was a frustrating night."
Chase Utley hit a solo homer for the Phillies, who snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 7-3 win in the series opener Tuesday.
The Giants jumped on Kendrick for four runs in the first inning, more than they had in any of the previous five losses.
Pablo Sandoval started it with an RBI on a bloop single. Pill hit a two-run single, and Kieschnick singled in one.
The Giants chased Kendrick with three in the third. Pill and Kieschnick had RBI singles before Gaudin got his single.
Pill and Crawford connected off J.C. Ramirez in the seventh.
Phillies third baseman Cody Asche started his first game, and his first fielding play was a sensational one. Asche made a diving, backhanded grab on Hunter Pence 's hard shot down the line in the first, got up and threw him out with a strong throw.
Michael Young moved from third to first base to make room for Asche. The Phillies considered trading Young, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. stood pat for the first time in his tenure.
Fans sitting in the first couple rows down the right-field line escaped injury when Sandoval's bat shattered on a swing in the sixth and flew high in the air before landing more than 100 feet away. The broken part of the bat came down like a spear, but fans moved out of the way. Sandoval hustled out an infield single on the play, but left the game with a right heel bruise.
Notes: Sandoval is day to day. ... The Giants had nine runs total in their previous five games. ... Gaudin is 4-0 in five road starts. ... Buster Posey returned to San Francisco's lineup after missing a game with an upset stomach. ... Posey had the team's last homer on July 20. It was 90 1-3 innings before Pill hit his shot. ... The Phillies are 2-9 since the All-Star break. ... Kendrick's wife, Stephanie, gave birth to the couple's second child, Kyle Jr., on Tuesday. ... Cole Hamels (4-13, 4.09) faces Matt Cain (6-6, 4.79) in a matchup of struggling aces Thursday night.
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