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Phils Above .500 With 5th Straight Win

Phillies LF Juan Pierre makes a diving catch in the 1st inning. It was one of two nice defensive plays by Pierre in left field. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Phillies 8, Cubs 7
WP – Roy Halladay (4-3, 3.22)
LP – Chris Volstad (0-6, 7.46)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (11)

CHICAGO — The Phillies are over .500 for the first time since being 1-0, a weight that has finally been lifted off their collective shoulders.

They extended their winning streak to five games with a 8-7 win over the Cubs. The momentum is fully in their favor, and it’s shown during the current five-game winning streak the Phillies are on.

Chris Volstad was yanked after he allowed four runs in the first two innings to the Phillies. With the early 4-1 lead given to Roy Halladay at that point, he was able to coast through the rest of the game, ending a five-game winless drought.

Halladay went eight innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out four. He gave up a pair of solo home runs to Alfonso Soriano in the 1st and Wellington Castro in the 8th.

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Game 39: Get Doc A Win

Phillies SP Roy Halladay (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — It’s been five starts since Roy Halladay’s last win.

Never thought you’d read those words in one sentence since Halladay (3-3, 3.20) joined the Phillies in the offseason before 2010. Well you just did, so let it soak in for a bit.

Halladay’s last winning decision came on April 16 against the San Francisco Giants. Over a month has passed and Halladay has gone 0-3 in his last five starts, his ERA spiking up from 1.17 to 3.20.

The ERA spike was due to one awful start against the Braves and the blame for a lack of a win could be pitted on the offense and bullpen failing to show up on separate occasions. But you can’t tell that to Halladay, who wants to shake that monkey off his back.

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Polanco’s Two-Run Double Wins It in 8th

Phillies RF Hunter Pence hits an RBI single in the 1st inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Late inning heroics: these are the Phillies of old that everyone has missed.

A two-run double by Placido Polanco in the 8th inning gave the Phils a 6-4 win over the Cubs.

Juan Pierre, pinch hitting in the pitcher’s spot, was hit by a pitch. He got to third on a Jimmy Rollins single that saw the Phillies short stop working the count and easily having one of the best at-bats for the Phillies this season.

Vance Worley was fantastic once again, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Phillies to within one game of .500. Worley allowed only one run on five hits and a walk, striking out five.

Worley didn’t allow a run until the 7th inning when he got Geovany Soto to ground into a double play and allowed a run to score. In the last 22 innings Worley has pitched he’s allowed only two runs.

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Game 23: Breaking Even

Phillies RF Hunter Pence takes a terrible swing against the Cubs on April 29, 2012. (Photo by John Russo/TTB)

The Phillies (10-12) will attempt to even up the series with the Cubs (8-14) tonight, capping off a four-game set.

After dropping the first game on Friday, 5-1, they bounced back with a nice offensive showing in a 5-2 win. But the bats went ice cold again, mustering only two hits in a 5-1 loss yesterday afternoon.

It’ll be up to the offense to back Vance Worley (2-1, 2.16) as the Phillies try earn a split against the lowly Cubs and retry their assent over .500, something they haven’t seen since being 2-1 to start the season.

In his last start, an 8-5 win over the Diamondbacks, Worley went six innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk, striking out six. He has been very good to start the season, which saw a career high 11 strikeouts in a win against the Padres the previous start.

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Happy Memorial Day To All

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day. A day of family, cook outs, beer, and baseball. For me, it’s been a day of work as I’m going back to the family liquor store in an hour for the rest of the night.

The Phillies will play the Marlins tonight and will be putting Jamie Moyer on the mound versus Chris Volstad of the Marlins. Hopeful the old man will notch win #250.

I noticed some teams wore red hats today with the American flag design similar to last year’s 4th of July hats. They looked cool and I hope to see the Phillies and Marlins sporting those too.

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