Neither Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff nor his Padres counterpart, Colin Rea, has had the luxury of starting in front of his home crowd so far this season. For Eickhoff, that chance comes Wednesday in the third game of a four-game set at Citizens Bank Park. Rea will have to tough it out at least one more start.
Although the Padres have found more success on the road -- 3-2 compared to 0-3 at Petco Park -- Rea was roughed up in his first start of the season at hitter-friendly Coors Field. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed five runs, though the offense picked up the slack en route to a 13-6 slugfest win.
Eickhoff's pitching line is easier on the eyes than Rea's (five innings, two earned runs), but he took the loss in his first start of the season at Citi Field against the Mets on Friday. Still, he's excited to pitch in front of friends rather than foe.
"It was a great crowd [Monday]," Eickhoff said Tuesday. "The fans were really into it. I'm looking forward to being a part of that."
Three things to know
• Padres outfielder Jon Jay had a hit in each of San Diego's first eight games. He, as well as every other Padre, has yet to face Eickhoff.
• Although Rea made the Padres' rotation out of camp, his first appearance came in relief on Opening Day. He gave up one of the Dodgers' runs in the worst Opening Day loss in the Padres history (15-0).
• After 10 2/3 innings to start the season in which it gave up 18 hits and 15 runs, the Phillies bullpen has come to find some stability of late. In its last 10 2/3 innings, it has surrendered only two hits and allowed no runs. Jeanmar Gomez has recorded three saves in that time.