San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval carries an 11-game hitting streak into Wednesday’s series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies. Sandoval hasn’t fared well versus Cliff Lee, notching just one hit in eight career at-bats.
Nate Schierholtz and Buster Posey had three hits and Melky Cabrera ripped an RBI triple in the first inning as the Giants evened the series with a 4-2 victory on Tuesday. San Francisco has won four of its last six games, while Philadelphia has dropped three of its last five.
Phillies Giants Betting
When: 10:15 PM ET, Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, CSN (Philadelphia), KNTV (San Francisco)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies LH Cliff Lee (0-1, 3.46 ERA) vs. Giants RH Matt Cain (1-0. 3.00 ERA)
Lee has feasted on the Giants, winning all four career starts while compiling a rail-thin ERA (0.82) and WHIP (0.73). The southpaw settled down after a sluggish start on Friday, but was saddled with the loss after allowing two homers and four runs in a 5-2 setback to the New York Mets.
While Lee has fared well versus the Giants, the opposite is true for Cain in his outings against the Phillies. Cain has won just one of five career games while recording a 4.17 ERA versus Philadelphia. The right-hander is coming off a one-hit, 11-strikeout gem in Friday’s 5-0 victory over the other Keystone State representative – the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1. Philadelphia’s Hunter Pence, who belted his second homer of the season on Tuesday, is batting .333 in his career versus Cain. Pence isn’t the only Phillie who has fared well versus the hurler as Jimmy Rollins is 7-for-17 (.412) and Laynce Nix is 8-for-20 (.400).
2. With Brian Wilson having his season threatened with a right elbow sprain, Santiago Casilla made the most of his first appearance in the closer’s role this season. Casilla worked around a two-out single by Juan Pierre to end the game on Tuesday.
3. Former Giants and Phillies star Pat Burrell tossed out the ceremonial first pitch on Tuesday. Burrell won a World Series ring with Philadelphia in 2008 and San Francisco in 2010.