After an hour long rain delay, the Philadelphia Phillies sent Roy Halladay to the mound to face the San Diego Padres and Tyson Ross in the final game of a three game series and the final game of the homestand. While Halladay kept things quiet early, Tyson Ross ran into trouble right out of the gate, and did not make it through the first inning. With a six-run first inning by the Phillies, this game was in the hands of the home team from the start, as the Phillies went on to prevail by a score of 10-5.
Halladay's only blemish in the early innings came in the form of a Will Venable home run to lead off the game. The Padres started the game up 1-0, but that did not last long at all. In an inning where the Phillies batted around, Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, Cesar Hernandez, and even Roy Halladay plated runs for the Phillies. Halladay's was particularly notable, as he drew a walk with the bases loaded. When all was said and done, the Phillies jumped out to a 6-1 lead, and chased Ross from the game after just two thirds of an inning. Ross allowed 5 hits, 6 runs, and 2 walks on just 41 pitches. The Phillies added another run in the third inning on another bases loaded walk, this time by Jimmy Rollins.
Despite the offensive outburst by the Phillies, the game was kept close because of some struggles on Roy Halladay's part. He settled in nicely after the leadoff home run, but would not make it out of the fifth inning. Halladay allowed three runs in the fifth – two coming off of his own throwing error. The Padres were able to cut the lead to 7-5 after a 4-run fifth inning. Halladay was pulled after just 4 and 1/3 innings following his error. Halladay, who allowed just 4 hits, was charged with 5 runs (4 earned) and 5 walks, while striking out 6. His command was again a problem tonight, and he racked up 101 pitches through just the 4 and one third innings.
While the Padres closed the gap in the middle innings, the Phillies added runs in the fifth and seventh innings against the Padres' bullpen. Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz plated runs in the fifth, while Darin Ruf added a run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. The bullpen shut the Padres down the rest of the way, and Justin de Fratus picked up the win for the Phillies.
Five Phillies had multi-hit games: Cesar Hernandez, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Kevin Frandsen, and Freddy Galvis. The Phillies offense put up 14 hits on the night. Despite Roy Halladay's troubles, the Padres only accumulated 4 hits on the night. The bullpen allowed just one hit for the rest of the game. The Phillies take two out of three against the Padres to move to 68-78.
The Phils hit the road tomorrow to face the Washington Nationals for a three game series. Kyle Kendrick will take on Stephen Strasburg tomorrow night at 7:05 from Washington.
Domonic Brown says he is "nearly 100%", and took batting practice for the first time Thursday in a couple of weeks. Brown's nagging Achilles injury seems to be getting better, and his return to the lineup in the next few days is expected.
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