The Brewers never held the lead for more then a few outs as the Phillies answered each of the Brew Crew’s offensive outbursts. On a night were Roy Halladay didn’t pitch his best, and battled with a tough strike zone, the Phillies backed their Ace with a couple bombs and some really heads up base running.
Home plate umpire Mike Estabrook wasn’t going to give Halladay any sort of edge if he was going to bring down the power of Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, and Cory Hart. Halladay was visibly upset that Estabrook was calling things so tight. Roy appeared to have Braun rung up twice but Estabrook wasn’t feeling Roy’s fastballs along the paint. In the end it didn’t really matter as Roy Halladay earned his 17th win of the season which ties him for a share of the National League lead. Roy was glad his team backed his efforts.
“I’m fortunate the home runs that I gave up were solo homers, and we
were able to score some runs, especially those two in the seventh on
heads-up baseball,” Halladay said.
Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth went back-to-back for the second time this week with home runs, but it was the sac fly from Placido Polanco that was probably the most exciting play from the batters box. With the bases loaded in the 7th Polly hit a fly ball to left field that Ryan Braun caught and threw home. With Carlos Ruiz charging to the plate, catcher Jonathan Lucroy misread the throw and the ball bounded to the back stop. Wilson Valdez, who was on second read it perfectly and raced to the plate and beat Lucroy’s tag and gave the Phillies the 5-4 lead which stood for the night.
Valdez has been pretty invaluable to a team that has been plagued with injuries to it’s biggest stars. Wilson has filled in for Jimmy and Chase very nicely and despite his offensive woes and many GDP’s he’s really provided the Phillies with a great bit of positivity, great fielding, energy on the bench, .
Romero, Madson and Lidge closed the door on the power hitting Crew and sealed the victory for Halladay.
The Phillies are now at a season high 20 games over .500 and still are just one small game back behind the Atlanta Braves who also won on Saturday night.
Side Notes -
Wild Card – Giants won, so no gain tonight.
Call Ups – Add pitcher Scott Mathieson to the list of names that will be available out of the bullpen on Sunday. Pitchers Vance Worley and Nate Robertson will be getting the call, but they won’t be activated until Monday. It’s been speculated that Vance Worley will be the Phillies other starter during Monday’s doubleheader. Roy Oswalt will be the other. Oswalt will likely be able to choose whither he would like to start game 1 or game 2, and Worley, if he is indeed the other starter will go in the other game. My guess is that Oswalt will prefer the night cap.