NEW YORK - AUGUST 14: Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies delievers a pitch against the New York Mets on August 14 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
1 Total Update since August 20, 2010
almost 3 years ago Update 0 comments
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Raul Ibanez drove in the only run of the game, as Roy Halladay and the Phillies blanked the Nationals, 1-0, in the start of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.
Halladay (16-8) had runners on in each of his seven innings, scattering eight hits and three walks while fanning five to win his sixth consecutive start.
Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge each hurled an inning of relief to finish off Philadelphia’s 14th shutout of the season and the club’s fifth win in six games to stay in front in the National League Wild Card race and remain 2 1/2 games behind the NL East front-running Braves.
Jason Marquis (0-6) remains winless on the year after giving up the lone run on four hits and four walks in a five-inning start, though he did lower his earned-run average by nearly three runs to 11.39.
Washington went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 to fall for the third time in four games.
Halladay gave up a bloop double to Nyjer Morgan to start the game, then walked Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman with one out before getting Roger Bernadina to bounce into an inning-ending double play to get out of the jam.
A pair of two-out walks to Chase Utley and Jayson Werth cost Marquis in the third inning when Ibanez hit a bouncer down the first base line that glanced off Dunn’s glove for an RBI double.
Both teams stranded seven runners in the first four innings, and Washington left one on in each of the next two frames.
Then in the seventh, Ian Desmond reached on a one-out bunt single and Dunn worked a walk. Zimmerman, though, lined into an unorthodox double play, as Ibanez caught the frozen rope in left and threw to second to double-off Desmond, who was attempting to steal on the play and couldn’t avoid Utley’s tag to end the inning.
Bernadina greeted Madson with a single to right to begin the eighth and moved to second on Mike Morse’s groundout to second, where he was stranded after Madson struck out Ivan Rodriguez and induced a groundout to short off the bat of Adam Kennedy.
Lidge quickly retired the first two batters of the ninth, then gave up a line drive down the left-field line to Desmond that hit high off the wall for a double. The hit brought up Dunn, and Lidge fanned the slugger on a 2-2 slider to convert his seventh consecutive save and 17th of the season.
Halladay became the first pitcher this season to eclipse the 200-innings pitched mark, the fifth consecutive season he has done so. He has pitched to a 1.37 ERA during his win streak…Lidge has given up just three hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings this month…Phillies relievers have gone 15 innings without giving up a run…Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins recorded his 30th consecutive stolen base attempt…Joel Peralta threw two perfect innings of relief and Doug Slaten hurled a 1-2-3 eighth for the Nationals…The Phillies have been involved in seven 1-0 contests this year, winning four…Desmond had three of Washington’s 10 hits…In the second game of this series on Saturday, the Phillies and Kyle Kendrick get their first look at Washington rookie hurler Stephen Strasburg.
almost 3 years ago Update 0 comments
(Sports Network) - A rare slip-up at home prevented the Philadelphia Phillies from moving closer to first place in the National League East. The club likely has a larger room for error this evening, with Roy Halladay set to take the hill.
Halladay aims for a sixth straight winning start tonight, when NL Wild Card- leading Philadelphia kicks off a three-game set against the last-place Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies have been one of the hottest teams in baseball, trimming a seven- game deficit for first place in the division on July 22 to 2 1/2 games. Along the way Philadelphia took a two-game edge on San Francisco by for the Wild Card lead, but that advantage was cut in half due to Thursday's 5-2 setback to the Giants.
Cole Hamels put the Phillies in an early hole by allowing five runs on seven hits over five innings as his club failed to secure the three-game sweep while losing for the second time in its last eight games. Philadelphia also dropped just its third contest in its last 20 outings at home and hasn't lost consecutive games overall since July 30-31 versus Washington.
"I wasn't able to hit my spots, and that hurts you when you're not able to get ahead of hitters," Hamels said.
Philadelphia looks to get on track tonight behind Halladay, who is pitching to a 1.62 ERA over his win streak and hasn't lost since July 18. He has yielded one run or less in four of the five games over his run and is coming off Saturday's victory over the Mets.
The right-handed Halladay hurled eight shutout innings versus New York, scattering four hits without a walk while striking out seven. He improved to 15-8 and lowered baseball's third-best ERA to 2.24.
Halladay, who spent his first 12 MLB seasons with Toronto, kicked off his Phillies career with a win over Washington on April 5, his lone meeting this year with the fellow NL East residents. The 33-year-old gave up a run over seven innings with nine strikeouts, improving to 6-1 with a 2.43 ERA lifetime against them.
Signed to a two-year deal by Washington to head its rotation, Marquis is 0-5 with a 14.33 ERA this year, missing a chunk of time due to a right elbow injury that required surgery.
Marquis' first two starts with the Nats came versus the Phillies and he allowed a total of 12 earned runs over 8 1/3 innings, falling to 5-5 with a save and 5.21 ERA in 21 career games, including 14 starts, against the club.
Set to turn 32 tomorrow, Marquis has made two starts since coming off the disabled list. After giving up five runs -- two earned -- over four innings in Los Angeles on Aug. 8, Marquis was tagged for another five runs and three homers over four frames of a 9-2 setback to Arizona on Saturday.
"Too many balls up in the zone and I wasn't able to adjust," said Marquis. "I wanted to get the ball down more, but I couldn't and I paid for the mistakes."
Washington will hope that Marquis can pitch his club to a second straight win for the first time since a three-game burst from July 29-31. The Nationals won for just the third time in 11 games on Thursday, posting a 6-2 victory over the Braves to avoid a three-game sweep.
"It's always good to win the last game," Harris said. "Obviously, you want to win the series."
After going 39-15 over the Nats in the previous three seasons, including 20-7 at home, the Phillies have won just five of the nine 2010 matchups, taking two of three at Citizens Bank Park from April 12-15.