On Tuesday, the Phillies were one of the few teams in Major League Baseball that had a worse record than the Padres.
On Thursday, that is no longer the case.
The Phillies beat the Friars 7-3 on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. The Padres scored twice in the first inning on a Chase Headley double, but didn't get another run until Yasmani Grandal hit a solo homer in the 9th.
In the middle, the Phillies beat up on starter Eric Stults (four earned runs) and reliever Alex Torres (three earned runs). Torres gave up the big blow, a 3-run home run by John Mayberry Jr. in the 7th that ended any and all hope of a comeback.
The Padres are now 28-38 for the season. They have the 3rd-worst record in MLB. Their offense ranks dead last in runs, batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and hits, and it's starting to take a toll on the pitching staff, which has struggled the last week.
The Padres open a 3-game series in New York against the Mets on Friday with Andrew Cashner on the mound.