The Phillies have hopefully started to wake up from the malaise they've seemed to slip into after clinching home-field advantage throughout the postseason. Roy Halladay turned in a strong performance and Hunter Pence went yard as the Phils pounded out 19 hits in a 9-4 win that snapped their season high 8 game losing streak.
Today marked the first time since clinching that the Phillies fielded their full starting lineup and it certainly seemed to make a difference. Halladay (19-6) threw six scoreless innings to lower his season ERA to 2.35, the lowest of his career. Hunter Pence had a big day with his 21st HR of the year, to go along with three total hits and 3 RBI. Carlos Ruiz went 4-for-4 and Jimmy Rollins had three hits as the Phils offense finally woke up.
Today's win marks the Phillies MLB leading 99th of the season. The NL playoffs start Saturday, but before then the Phils have just one more series to go as they travel to Atlanta for the final 3 game set of the year.