Halladay is inching towards the 20 game win mark for the Phils now
The last time the Phillies faced pitcher R.A. Dickey, the Phillies were held to seven hits and no runs as they were shut out 8-0 back on May 25th. It had been the second time in a row that the Phillies have faced a knuckleball pitcher back in May, and it didn't seem like they had the answer to beat a knuckleballer. This afternoon it would be different in Philadelphia, the Phillies opened up a brief flurry of offense in the bottom of the third inning that would carry them through the game behind Roy Halladay's pitching.
The start of this afternoon's game with the Mets didn't look pretty. The Mets put 2 runs on the board right out of the gate in the 1st inning and it looked like it may be a long afternoon for the Fightin' Phils. The Phillies got 1 R back in the second inning on a Jayson Werth solo HR, and then in the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Phils opened up for five more runs including a 3 run home run by Raul Ibanez. The Phillies even left two men on base as they made the 3rd out in the inning but the 5 run offensive explosion would be enough to carry the team to victory.
Roy Halladay pitched seven innings in which he gave up 5 R on 9 hits, with 5 being ER, on the afternoon. Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge came in to seal the victory this afternoon and the series win for the Phillies over the Mets.
R.A. Dickey, who had mastered the Phillies earlier in the year for the Mets only lasted 3 innings this afternoon and he gave up 6 R on 8 hits. Two of those hits were for home runs for the Phillies, one from Ibanez, and another from Jayson Werth. The Werth home run was a strange one, it appeared that outfielder Carlos Beltran had a play on the ball but Beltran ran into the padding with his head and was unable to make a play as the ball sailed over the center field fence. This play will probably be on ESPN later tonight for sure.
The Atlanta Braves also won this afternoon so the Phillies still remain 2 GB out of first place. Derek Lowe won his ninth game for the Braves against the San Francisco Giants. The Phillies and the Braves will see a lot of one another towards the end of the season, in the last two weeks of the regular season they will face each other six times.
The Phillies have a well deserved off day on Monday and then will welcome in the LA Dodgers for a three-game series starting on Tuesday night. The Dodgers have perhaps one of the most improved teams courtesy of the trade deadline deals they made. The Dodgers picked up Ted Lilly, Ryan Theriot, and Scott Posednik, to bolster their lineup as the season starts to head into the middle of the month of August and into September. Lilly is facing the Washington Nationals today in DC. The Phillies will miss Lilly in the upcoming series as will the Dodgers miss Roy Halladay.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the New York Mets during the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 7, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Last night Cole Hamels could not seem to get any run support again, as the Phillies dropped the middle game to the Mets by a score of only 1-0. The lone run by the Mets coming off the bat of Jeff Francoeur who hit a solo home run in the 7th inning off of Hamels. It seems like Francoeur is always coming up with ways to beat the Phillies, as from my memory he has always hit the Phillies team well. This was the ninth time that the Phillies have scored 0-2 Runs for one of Cole's starts as the chart below shows: