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Phillies Vs. Astros: Phils Trail Heading into the Ninth

A Ryan Madson perfect 8th inning kept the deficit at two runs for Wilton Lopez and the Phils. Wilson Valdez grounded out weakly and was followed by pinch hitter Ross Gload, who knocked a base hit over the shortstop to bring the tying run to the plate in Shane Victorino. Shane grounded into a fielder’s choice putting two outs on the board for Placido Polanco, who scored the first run of the game for the Phils. Polly got in the hole at 0-2 and ended the at-bat flying out to shallow left.

Danys Baez will pitch the 9th for the Phillies and if last year is any indication, he’ll probably give up at least a run. In the final frame, Charlie will have his 3-4-5 hitters at the plate.