The Phillies have done exactly what they've needed to do since the All-Star break. That would be winning of course! The Phils picked up their 4th straight victory yesterday and are on the doorstep of sweeping the LA Dodgers, who have started to falter in the NL West.
Roy Halladay didn't pick up the win last night in LA, but he kept the Phillies in the game as he pitched 5 innings and gave up only 2 runs, on 5 hits. The Doc is back though and that's a great thing.
The Phils have an afternoon game today out in LA, to start at 3:10 PM local time, then it's homeward bound for the team to take on the SF Giants for a weekend series.
Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 21st save of the season, and the Phillies bullpen held up to the close game as the Phils have won the first two games of the series by a 3-2 score in each game.
The Phillies are showing signs of life, even though the team pitching ERA ranks 21st in the MLB with a lofty 4.17 so far. The team batting average against is also at 21st in the league with a .259 mark.
It's Cliff Lee for the Phillies this afternoon against Clayton Kershaw which should end up being the marquee match up for the series.
Can the Phillies make it 5 in a row today?