The Giants have lost 10 of 13 games at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park since 2005. They're 4-14 at Milwaukee's Miller Park since 2006, including 1-2 this year.
Maybe it's somewhat fitting that Jonathan Sanchez will start Tuesday's series and trip opener for the Giants. Sanchez has never pitched in Citizens Bank Park; why not seek a clean slate with a hurler who has one himself?
Though Sanchez's overall road statistics look unimpressive (2-8, 4.81 ERA), he's 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA in his past three outings away from home.
Moreover, Sanchez defeated the Phillies on July 30 at AT&T Park, where he allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings as the Giants triumphed, 7-2.
SF: LHP Jonathan Sanchez (6-10, 4.27 ERA)
Dating back to his July 10 no-hitter against San Diego, Sanchez has fashioned a 4-2 record with a 3.02 ERA in nine starts. Opponents have hit .168 (33-for-196) off him in that span, the best figure among all Major League pitchers. This will be his seventh career appearance and third start against Philadelphia. He's 1-0 with a 4.60 ERA in his previous six outings against the Phillies.
PHI: LHP Cole Hamels (7-8, 4.52 ERA)
Hamels had not been himself for much of 2009, but he looked like his old self Wednesday in a 4-1 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park. He threw eight shutout innings. He allowed seven hits and two walks and struck out seven. Time will tell if it was just a one-start thing or the beginning of something good heading into September and October, when Hamels shined last year in the playoffs. "I have the stuff to be here," Hamels said. "I have the stuff to succeed. I have the stuff to succeed in the postseason. Why was I getting carried away trying to be somebody else I'm not?"
Not surprisingly, all six of the Giants' series sweeps this season have occurred at AT&T Park. ... When Barry Zito struck out the side in Saturday night's first inning, it marked the first time he had done that since July 29, 2001, against Kansas City. ... With his double in Sunday's second inning, Fred Lewis increased his pinch-hitting average to .360 (9-for-25), third-highest in the National League behind Colorado's Seth Smith (.486, 16-for-33) and teammate Nate Schierholtz (.419, 13-for-31). ... Matt Cain has gone seven consecutive starts without a victory, the second-longest such streak of his career. He twice endured eight winless starts in a row (May 19-June 29, 2007 and Aug. 25-Sept. 27, 2008).
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Wednesday: Giants (TBA) at Phillies (J.A. Happ, 10-3, 2.63), 4:05 p.m. PT
Thursday: Giants (Tim Lincecum, 13-4, 2.33) at Phillies (Pedro Martinez, 2-0, 4.50), 4:05 p.m. PT
Friday: Giants (Barry Zito, 9-11, 3.94) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo, 12-10, 3.56), 5:05 p.m. PT