Series: Game 4 of 4

San Francisco won 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, July 30
San Francisco7
Game 2: Friday, July 31
San Francisco1
Game 3: Saturday, August 1
San Francisco2
Game 4: Sunday, August 2
San Francisco7

Phillies 3

(59-44, 32-19 away)

Giants 7

(58-47, 37-16 home)

    4:05 PM ET, August 2, 2009

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    PHI 000210000 3 9 1
    SF 01003300 - 7 12 1

    W: B. Zito (7-10)

    L: C. Hamels (7-6)

    Phillies-Giants Preview


    Philadelphia has been stockpiling starting pitchers in an attempt to come close to matching top rotations such as the San Francisco Giants'. Cole Hamels' re-emergence certainly hasn't hurt the Phillies' cause.

    After getting shut out, the Phillies hope Hamels can maintain his momentum in the finale of a four-game series with the Giants on Sunday.

    Philadelphia (59-43) has lost two of this series' first three games, going 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position in a 7-2 defeat Thursday night and getting dominated by Tim Lincecum two days later in a 2-0 loss.

    San Francisco (57-47) improved its major league-best home record to 36-16, benefiting from its usual strong pitching. The Giants lead the majors with a 3.48 ERA.

    Though the Phillies have a 4.35 ERA, they've managed to build a six-game lead in the NL East. Philadelphia made an effort to bolster its rotation, acquiring reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee from Cleveland on Wednesday. Lee pitched a four-hitter in a 5-1 win over the Giants on Friday in his NL debut.

    Philadelphia also has Pedro Martinez rehabbing in the minors. Martinez, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, signed a $1 million, one-year contract during the All-Star break.

    Lee gives the Phillies another top starter to join Hamels (7-5, 4.42 ERA), the MVP of the World Series and NLCS last fall. Hamels has been inconsistent this year, but he's been settling down in recent weeks.

    The left-hander is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his last five starts. He earned a win Tuesday night, giving up one run and four hits while striking out nine in eight innings of Philadelphia's 4-3 victory over Arizona.

    "Hamels is getting there," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's real close."

    Hamels is 3-0 with a 4.03 ERA in four starts versus the Giants. He'll match up with another left-hander that has been sharp of late, with San Francisco set to send Barry Zito (6-10, 4.54) to the mound.

    Zito is 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA in his last three starts. The left-hander surrendered one run and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings before San Francisco broke a tie to beat Pittsburgh 3-2 on Tuesday night.

    Zito is 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts against the Phillies, who have been struggling at the plate. They've lost three of four -- all on the road -- scoring two runs or fewer in each of the defeats.

    Philadelphia lost its first game in August after going a major league-best 20-7 in July.

    San Francisco, meanwhile, went 11-4 with a 2.51 ERA at home last month and doesn't appear to be slowing down.

    Brian Wilson pitched the ninth Saturday for his 27th save in 31 chances, giving the Giants a major league-leading 14 shutouts. Wilson has not allowed a run in his last 9 1/3 innings, converting all five of his save opportunities during that stretch.

    San Francisco's lineup should get a boost when newcomer Freddy Sanchez makes his debut. He could make his first start at second base Sunday.

    Sanchez, batting .296 with six homers and 34 RBIs, was acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

    "It's been a whirlwind these last few days," Sanchez told the Giants' official Web site. "I'm just kind of excited that I'm home now."

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    Gameday Matchup

     PhiladelphiaSan Francisco
    Current StreakW1W1
    Last 104-66-4

    Pitching Matchup

    PhiladelphiaSan Francisco
    C. Hamels
    10-11, 4.32 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/3 vs FLA
    3.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Loss
    B. Zito
    10-13, 4.03 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/2 at SD
    5.1 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.PhiladelphiaSan Francisco
    1. J. Rollins, SS E. Velez, LF
    2. B. Francisco, RF F. Sanchez, 2B
    3. C. Utley, 2B P. Sandoval, 3B
    4. R. Howard, 1B R. Garko, 1B
    5. J. Werth, CF A. Rowand, CF
    6. P. Feliz, 3B E. Renteria, SS
    7. E. Bruntlett, LF R. Winn, RF
    8. C. Ruiz, C E. Whiteside, C
    9. C. Hamels, P B. Zito, P