Roy Halladay continues to pitch as advertised as he pitches an eight inning shut out as the Phils’ offense finally gives him some runs as the Phils’ defeat the Rockies, 6-0.
The Phils were involved in another pitchers’ duel at home for the first five innings, as their ace Roy Halladay gives up only two hits and a walk during those five innings, as he struck out seven batters, while Rockies’ starter Aaron Cook matches him for the first four innings, as he gives up four hits and three walks, one intentional, while striking out two, to keep the game scoreless. The Phils then erupted in their half of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with noone out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Placido Polanco’s single, and Polanco, who had just singled to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with runners once again on the corners, as Ryan Howard sent Ibanez to third on his single, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ibanez, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. One batter later, after Howard has stolen second base, the Phils made it a 5-0 lead as Ross Gload hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, and the first as a member of the regular starting line-up, knocking in Howard, while also knocking Cook out of the box as the Rockies’ manager has seen enough. The Phils added a run in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. In the meantime, Halladay kept the Rockies under control for the next three innings, as he gave up just three more hits, while striking out two more batters, before handing it over to the bullpen, as J.C. Romero pitches a 1-2-3 ninth inning, to end the game.
Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches eight shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out nine. His record is now 11-8 with a 2.28 ERA. J.C. Romero pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Aaron Cook took the lost as he pitches four and a third innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 4-6 with a 4.78 ERA. Jhoulys Chacin and Randy Flores pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just three walks (Chacin (1), Flores (2)), while striking out two (Chacin) between them. Manuel Corpas pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on three hits, striking out three batters.
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, with two singles and a double, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins and Ross Gload follows with two hits each, with Rollins’ hits being a single and a double, scoring two runs, and with Gload’s hits being a single and a two-run home run. Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles, with Werth knocking in the other Phil run with a sac fly. The Phils’ offense finally scored some runs for their ace within nine innings. The question now is can they continue as they face one of the premiere pitchers in the National League.
The Phils (50-46, 2nd NL East) continue their four-game series with the Rockies (51-45, 3rd NL West) with an afternoon game, that will be nationally televised on Fox. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 4:10 pm Eastern. The Phils starter will be Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 4.82 ERA), who is returning from the minors, after having been sent back to Lehigh Valley after his lost to the Cardinals on July 19, as he had pitched only five innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 8-4 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched in twenty and a third innings, giving up twelve runs, eleven of which were earned, on twenty hits and five walks, while striking out ten batters. He will be trying to prove that he deserves to be in the big league. The Rockies will counter with their ace Ubaldo Jimenez (15-1, 2.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 19, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out five. In his last three starts, his record is 1-0 with two no-decisions, pitching nineteen and one-third innings, giving up fourteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on fourteen hits and nine walks, while striking out sixteen. He will be trying for his sixteenth win of the year. The Phils’ offense will try to light up one of the best pitchers in the National League this year. Come on guys, I know that you can do it. Just…be…patient!!!