Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Late rally brings Phillies victory in Chicago, start is 2:20 PM today


Vance Worley Philadelphia Phillies Photo Day

Worley gets the start with the Phillies this afternoon in Chicago



The bats went silent again last night for the Phillies, the key hits that the Phillies got came late in the 8th inning to tie the ballgame and in the 9th inning to seal the win behind the closing of Antonio Bastardo. The Phils won their 60th game of the year by a 4-2 score.


Cliff Lee didn’t have the best game of the year for himself as he got a couple fastballs up in the zone, he scattered 8 H in 6 IP on the night and gave up 2 ER. That allowed the Phillies to stay in this game though. The Phillies offense couldn’t score the whole time Lee was in the ballgame, so the win didn’t do to Lee, instead Michael Stutes gets the credit behind the Phils late comeback win.


The combination of Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo has been a great surprise for the Phillies bullpen, as they have been the most dependable of the relief staff for some time now. Who would have thought that these two would be a set-up and closer at the beginning of the season?


Roy Halladay looked recovered on the bench following a scary start for him on Monday night. Halladay looked heat exhausted on the mound from the very start of the game and some were surprised that the Phillies kept him in for as long as they did as it was easy to see that something was really wrong with him early in the game. The news is good that he looks recovered, but the heat will follow the Phillies and intensify for the next Halladay start in Philly when it’s supposed to be around 100 degrees when the Padres come to town for a 4 game series this weekend. It’s been announced that Halladay will not miss his next start, which should be on Sunday. The Padres have yet to announce their Sunday starter.


The Phils wrap up the road trip and their final game of the series with Chicago this afternoon, with a 2:20 PM start. Vance Worley gets the ball for the Phillies, he’ll face Ryan Dempster for the Cubs. There is an off-day on Thursday and this is how the 4 game series looks with the Padres for the Phillies starters (probable):



Game –Phillies starter  Padres starter
Fri: Cole Hamels (11-5) Corey Luebke (3-3)
Sat: Kyle Kendrick (5-4) Mat Latos (5-10)
Sun: Roy Halladay (11-5) TBA
Mon: Cliff Lee (9-6) TBA

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