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Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attendance: 30,204
Giants hoping for another strong effort from Blach vs. Phillies
San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies
- While the Phillies won the last two games of the matchup in 2017, the Giants have won 11 of the 19 games between the two clubs since 2015. Philadelphia has had at least 10 hits in four of its past six contests against San Francisco.
- San Francisco is on a season-high four-game winning streak after sweeping the Braves in Atlanta. The Giants have scored 33 runs over the teams past four games, the most in a four-game span by San Francisco since July 10-17, 2015.
- The Phillies have lost six of their last eight games after being defeated, 5-4, by the Nationals on Sunday. The Phillies have scored 23 runs since April 28 (eight games), tied for the third fewest in MLB during that period.
- Jeff Samardzija has a career 8.18 ERA against the Phillies, his highest mark against any single opponent. Samardzija also owns a 15.43 ERA in Citizens Bank Park, his highest at any single ballpark.
- Zach Eflin made his season debut last Tuesday against the Marlins, going 6.0 innings and allowing only one earned run. This was the first time Eflin had gone at least six innings in a start while allowing one or fewer earned runs since April 23, 2017 against the Atlanta Braves.
- Brandon Crawford is hitting .351 in his last 10 games and is currently on a five-game hitting streak. Crawford has 10 hits in his last four games, the most in his career during a four-game span.
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Ty Blach is coming off his best start of the season. The San Francisco Giants could use another strong outing from the left-hander as they try to avoid a sweep against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday afternoon.
The Phillies have won the first three games of the series at Citizens Bank Park. They'll try to make it four in a row in an afternoon matinee.
Philadelphia outscored the Giants 26-5 in the three games and has hit eight home runs against the San Francisco pitching staff. The Phillies were 11-3 winners on Wednesday night as Carlos Santana drove in five runs and Odubel Herrera extended his on-base streak to 38 games.
"It's great. The team is playing good, especially at home. We feel more comfortable," Santana, who is 5-for-14 in the series, told NBC Sports Philadelphia. "We have to keep it up and stay focused. We'll take it day-to-day and see what happens."
Blach (3-3, 3.60 ERA) gave up only one earned run in 7 2/3 innings against the Atlanta Braves in his latest outing last Saturday. He worked around seven hits and did not walk any batters in his longest start of the season.
"I knew if I just made some quality pitches early in the count, I could try to get some really good contact and try to get the guys back in the dugout and keep the momentum on our side," Blach told mlb.com after the start.
Blach, 27, has a 2.89 ERA in his last three starts -- all of which have been Giants' wins.
He's 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA and 1.186 WHIP lifetime in two starts against the Phillies. Both of those appearances came in 2017, and one went much better than the other. Blach threw a complete-game shutout with four strikeouts on June 2, 2017, in Philadelphia.
Right-hander Vince Velasquez will be on the mound Thursday for the Phillies.
Velasquez (2-4, 5.14) allowed just one run on one hit in five innings against the Washington Nationals during his last start. Velasquez, who had a 7.98 ERA in his previous three starts before last Saturday, walked four and struck out four against the Nationals.
"Right from the get-go I felt like I was in control all the way," Velasquez told mlb.com. "I keep mentioning slowing the game down and right off the bat it's how I felt. Those walks happen, I should do a better job of putting them away, the fastball was pretty alive today, it was working. Sometimes you've got to just throw it over the middle and see what happens."
The Phillies are looking for their fourth sweep of the season. Two of their first three sweeps have come at Citizens Bank Park, where they are 14-5.
The Giants will fall back to .500 if the Phillies complete the sweep, and a four-game losing streak would match the team's longest of the season.
Updated May 9, 2018