Phillies attempt to avoid third straight loss, host Padres | Radio WGN 720

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The Philadelphia Phillies won five of seven games on a tough West Coast trip against the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers.

After a day off, the Phillies fell flat in a 3-0 loss to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

The Phillies will be looking to rebound from a two-game losing streak when they host the Padres again on Wednesday night.

“We didn’t necessarily swing the bats right,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said after his team produced just five hits. “I just think it was one of those nights.”

Kyle Schwarber especially struggled, going 0 for 4 and hitting all four times.

“He misses his shots when he gets them,” Girardi said.

It’s unclear if reigning MVP Bryce Harper will return to the roster on Wednesday. Harper sat out Sunday in Los Angeles after receiving a PRP injection in his right elbow, then missed Tuesday’s game.

“Plan either (Wednesday) or hopefully Thursday,” Harper said. “I want to be there. I want to help my team, especially against a big team in San Diego. But I think it was the perfect day to get it on Sunday and have that Monday off and hopefully miss two or three games. I think it was the perfect time.

The Phillies will hand the ball to Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.26 ERA). Wheeler is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in six career starts against the Padres.

In Wheeler’s last start Thursday against the Dodgers, he allowed six hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings after being reinstated on the COVID-19 injured roster.

Jean Segura will have a 13-game hitting streak in Wednesday’s game.

The Padres will be looking to keep their momentum going and extend their winning streak to three.

San Diego southpaw Blake Snell is expected to make his first start of the season after being sidelined with an adductor and elbow injury. Snell, who has been on the disabled list since April 15, is thrilled with his turn in the rotation.

“It’s been a long time,” Snell said over the weekend in Atlanta. “A month and a half ago I thought I was going to be down for about three days. That’s what I remember. I thought, ‘This should take a few days. I’ll be fine.’ “

Snell is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two career starts against the Phillies.

On Tuesday, Padres starter Mike Clevinger earned his first win of the season with five scoreless innings after starting the season on the injured list.

The Padres also received huge support from the bullpen as MacKenzie Gore pitched three scoreless innings in his first relief appearance. Taylor Rogers then completed the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.

“I think the ceiling is very high for everyone involved,” Clevinger said.

Offensively, Robinson Cano contributed a pair of hits and Trent Grisham continued his hot hitting with a clutch RBI double as the Padres moved 10 games above .500 with manager Bob Melvin recovering from a prostate surgery.

Ryan Christenson will continue to serve as interim manager until Melvin’s return.

–Field level media

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