SAN DIEGO -- William Myers knocked in a run, then stole one for himself Wednesday at Petco Park, sending the Padres -- behind Clayton Richard's three-hit shutout -- to a 3-0 victory and their first sweep of Philadelphia since 2000.After his RBI single in the fourth, Myers stole second, third
SAN DIEGO -- William Myers knocked in a run, then stole one for himself Wednesday at Petco Park, sending the Padres -- behind Clayton Richard's three-hit shutout -- to a 3-0 victory and their first sweep of Philadelphia since 2000.
After his RBI single in the fourth, Myers stole second, third and home successively, becoming the first player to swipe all three bags in the same inning since Dee Gordon did so for the Dodgers in 2011.
"That will help my stolen-base pace," Myers quipped afterward.
Myers -- who reached base in all four of his plate appearances -- provided Richard all the support he would need. The veteran lefty used 113 pitches for his third career shutout and his first since Aug. 8, 2012. The National League leader in ground-ball rate recorded 18 groundouts to just four outs in the air.
"It's what we play for, moments like those," said Richard, whose shutout was the first by a Padre since Andrew Cashner in September 2014. "To win, first of all, and then to be out there for the whole game -- it's a lot of fun to do that. You have to give so much credit in a game like this. Defense was outstanding, and [Austin Hedges] was great behind the plate."
Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta started strong, striking out eight of the first nine hitters he faced. He finished with a career-high 11 strikeouts, but took the loss after allowing three runs over five-plus frames. The Phillies optioned him after the game, but he could be back Tuesday to pitch in a doubleheader against Miami.
"He needs to understand how to continue to carry that through five, six, seven or even eight innings," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "That's when you get to be a real solid starter. He's a young pitcher. It's his first year in the big leagues. He's going to get it. He's going to be good."
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Man of steal: Pivetta struggled holding base runners, and the Padres took advantage as they swiped four bags in an inning for the first time since October 1999 and five overall. Myers completed his stolen-base cycle with two outs in the fourth. With Hunter Renfroe batting, Austin Hedges broke for second. He got hung up in a rundown, but Myers broke for home and slid in safely, well ahead of the throw from Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph. In the process, Myers joined Gordon and Jayson Werth as the only players this century to steal all three bags in the same inning.
"You don't want to unload the ball to the first baseman because he's going in the opposite direction," Mackanin said of Cesar Hernandez throwing to Joseph in the rundown. "It makes it a difficult throw, which it turned out to be."
Escape acts: In the third and fourth innings, Richard allowed the leadoff man to reach second base, but he coolly escaped both jams. He fanned Pivetta in the third before inducing a pair of ground balls. Then, in the fourth, Rhys Hoskins reached second on Yangervis Solarte's throwing error. But Myers made a clever play on Joseph's ensuing grounder, firing to third to catch Hoskins in a rundown.
"He's one of my favorite pitchers I've ever played behind," Myers said. "He works quick, throws strikes, doesn't shake very often -- if ever. He keeps the defense on their toes."
"I wish I had more steals. I haven't been on base enough lately to take any bags, but it's nice to take three in one inning." -- Myers, on his three swipes
"We only got three hits. I'm not happy with all of the stolen bases. It's embarrassing to me. We didn't execute the double steal, which we should have. All in all, it was a bad series." -- Mackanin, on the team's performance
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It is the first time since May 30, 2013, the Phillies allowed five stolen bases in a game. Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury got all five that game.
HERRERA REMAINS SIDELINED
Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera did not start for the second consecutive game because of a left hamstring injury. Mackanin said he hopes to have Herrera back in the lineup sometime this week in San Francisco, although the Phillies will promote a position player to take Pivetta's spot on the roster Thursday. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak.
Phillies: Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola (9-7, 3.02 ERA) starts the first game of a four-game series Thursday night at 10:15 ET against the Giants at AT&T Park. He has a 1.71 ERA in his last 10 starts, setting a franchise record not allowing more than two runs in six or more innings in those starts.
Padres: The Nationals come to town for a four-game set beginning Thursday at 7:10 p.m. PT. Jhoulys Chacin starts the opener, looking to build on his impressive outing against the Dodgers on Sunday. He's posted a 2.82 ERA since the start of June.
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