Halladay wins 18th as Phils get into the playoffs for the 5th year in a row
It seemed like so far away but the time has come with the Phillies and win #95 on the season officially puts us in the playoffs for 2011. The team hasn't quite clinched the division yet, but they may come over the weekend vs. St. Louis. That is when we'll see the champagne and party break out.
The expectations at the beginning of the 2011 season was for great things to happen, and with Roy Halladay's 18th win and 8th CG on the season today, with the 1-0 win, the good and great things may just be starting to happen for the Phillies now that they are in the playoffs.
Another record fell today, with this 2011 team being the fastest clinching team for the playoffs for the Phillies in the 146th game of the season. The old record was set in 1915 that was done in the 147th game, and this year we beat the record by one day.
Roy Halladay became the first Phillies pitcher to win at least 18 games back to back since Steve Carlton did it in 1979/1980. This game was also Roy's first complete game shutout on the season.
The lone Phillies run yesterday came from a Placido Polanco RBI single, that scored Shane Victorino from second base. Polanco made it to second base on the throw.
The Phillies now have the day/night doubleheader at home tonight vs the Florida Marlins, with the 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM starts. Next season the Phillies will open their home season in Philly against the Miami Marlins, on April 9th, 2012. The Marlins are undergoing a name change, and will sport a brand new stadium in Miami.
The magic number to win the division is 4 now, and any combination of Phillies wins or Braves losses totaling 4 will give the Phillies the NL East Division title for the season.
Games vs. Florida Marlins:
2:35 PM Game 1: Kyle Kendrick (7-6) vs. Anibal Sanchez (8-7)
7:35 PM Game 2: Cliff Lee (16-7) vs. Alex Sanabia (0-0)