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UPDATE: Halladay Will Make Next Start

Roy Halladay’s last start posed the question yesterday on whether or not he should be shut down for his final two starts of the season.

After the speculation, the Phillies will not shut down Halladay and he is in line to make his next start Thursday against Washington in the Phillies final home game. Halladay suffered spasms on Friday before his start on Saturday in which Halladay lasted less than two innings in an 8-2 loss to the Braves.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Halladay was experiencing “tightness in his mid-to-upper back.”

“It’s taken a little bit of a toll on him,” Amaro said. “We’ll talk to the doctors today or tomorrow to see if we’re risking any injury.”

As far as an advantage to shutting down Halladay there doesn’t seem to be any. It would only add two extra weeks to a long off season in which Halladay is sure to do some extra training to prepare himself for next season.

“We’ll talk to the doctors and see if there is benefit,” Amaro said. “We haven’t made any decisions any way or another.”

Halladay suffered his worse season since 2004 with his 10-8 record and 4.40 ERA.

Phillies Face Dilema Of Shutting Down Halladay

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies find themselves four games back of the Cardinals with 10 games remaining after their 8-2 loss to the Braves yesterday.

Phillies SP Roy Halladay (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

And after Roy Halladay’s awful outing against the Braves in which he was clearly being bothered physically, it’s about time the Phillies consider shutting down the ace two weeks early and not risk him further injuring himself.

Halladay was experiencing spasms behind his shoulder on Friday and went ahead and started anyway against the Braves. He threw 51 pitches in 1 2/3 innings, surrendering six runs.

“He didn’t have a whole lot,” manager Charlie Manuel said of Halladay. Halladay felt he should have competed much better than he did despite the issues.

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Phillies Hang On to Win 6th Straight; Get Back to .500

Phillies LF Juan Pierre runs the bases. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Phillies 9, Marlins 7
WP – Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.01)
LP – Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.71)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (33)

PHILADELPHIA — After a span of low-scoring, good pitching efforts, the Phillies offense bailed out a weak night on the hill to keep the team rolling.

On a night where Roy Halladay and the bullpen weren’t at their best, the offense exploded for nine runs as the Phillies beat the Marlins, 9-7, to expand their winning streak to six games. With the Cardinals game currently going on, the Phillies are now 4.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot.

The win also pulled them to .500 for the first time since June 4 and have won 14 of their last 18 games.

Philadelphia got off to a hot start in the 1st inning. They put up three runs, giving Halladay an early cushion for his six-plus-inning outing.

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Kratz, Utley Homers Sets Early Tone in Phillies Win

Phillies 6, Reds 2
WP – Roy Halladay (9-7, 3.87)
LP – Mike Leake (7-9, 4.23)

CINCINNATI — Getting to Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake early and often was the goal for Philadelphia.

They did so in the 2nd inning. After a Domonic Brown RBI single, Erik Kratz hit a three-run homer that blew the game open 4-0.

An inning later, Chase Utley hit a two-run homer off Leake to give the Phillies and Roy Halladay a 6-0 lead. It chased Leake from the game in the 3rd inning.

Halladay cruised through 7 1/3 innings, allowing a run on eight hits and a walk while striking out five. He earned his ninth win of the season and lowed his ERA to 3.87.

2B: Mayberry (20). HR: Kratz (9), Utley (10).

Boxscore.

Phillies Take Second Straight From Nationals

Phillies OF John Mayberry hits an RBI single in the 1st inning. He drove in three runs on the night. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Phillies 4, Nationals 2
WP – Roy Halladay (8-7, 3.88)
LP – Gio Gonzalez (16-7, 3.28)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (29)

PHILADELPHIA — Only twice have the Nationals dropped a series after the All-Star break and twice did it come at the hands of the Phillies.

Playing for pride and the up-hill climb out of the cellar and sub-.500 baseball, the Phillies beat the Nationals for a second straight time to win their second series in a row, a 4-2 win.

The win came at the hands of another brilliant outing by Roy Halladay.

Doc was masterful, holding Washington to only two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out six. He threw 105 pitches, an astounding 86 of them for strikes.

The Phillies got to Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez right away in the 1st inning.

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Utley’s 8th Inning Homer Backs Masterful Outing By Halladay

Phillies 3, Cardinals 1
WP – Roy Halladay (6-6, 3.80)
LP – Barret Browning (0-1, 4.11)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (25)

PHILADELPHIA — A bit of small ball and long ball propelled the Phillies past the Cardinals in the 8th inning.

Juan Pierre laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move Jimmy Rollins over to third for the first out. The bunt set up a sacrifice fly opportunity for Chase Utley.

Utley was able to put the ball in the air, but instead of landing in an outfielder’s glove it landed in the back part of the Phillies bullpen to give them a 3-1 lead in and the win.

It was Utley’s eighth homer of the season as well his 196th in his career. It moved him to ninth overall in Phillies history, passing Bobby Abreu on the list.

The main story of the game belonged to Roy Halladay. Doc, who has been the hot topic as of late in regards to shutting down the 35-year-old ace, was absolutely stellar for his sixth win of the season.

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Kratz Steps Up In Ruiz’s Absence; Phillies Win

Phillies catcher Erik Kratz crosses home after his solo homer in the 3rd inning. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Phillies 3, Diamondbacks 0
WP – Roy Halladay (5-6, 4.02)
LP – Joe Saunders (6-7, 3.57)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (24)

PHILADELPHIA — Bad news soured an already bad season for the Phillies earlier today when they learned All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz would be out until the middle of September with plantar fasciitis.

32-year-old Erik Kratz filled in the role just nicely, driving in two Phillies runs in a 3-0 win over Arizona Saturday night. It was another good showing from Kratz, who is playing for a potential back-up catcher spot for next season.

A Kratz solo home run in the 3rd inning was the game’s first run. It was the 4th homer on the season for Kratz, who has been up and down with the Phillies all season.

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Braves Sweep Phillies With 6-2 Win

Braves 6, Phillies 2
WP – Tim Hudson (10-4, 3.68)
LP – Roy Halladay (4-6, 4.33)

ATLANTA — The lack of consistency in the second half is killing the Phillies.

The Phils followed up a four-game winning streak, and sweep of the Brewers, by getting swept by division foe Atlanta Braves. Again the offense couldn’t support a strong outing from it’s rotation, this time resulting in a 6-2 loss.

Roy Halladay had a decent outing, but some red flags remained after his start. Doc scattered three runs over the course of six innings on six hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Halladay retired the last 10 hitters he faced despite giving up a pair of solo homers to Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones. His cutter was averaging 88 MPH, a few ticks down from last season.

Halladay allowed two quick runs in the 1st inning, a homer to Heyward and an RBI double by Dan Uggla to make it 2-0. The next inning, Jones’ homer gave the Braves a 3-0 lead and that proved to be the winning runs.

A solo homer by Shane Victorino in the 4th cut the Braves lead to 3-1. Then Carlos Ruiz’s RBI in the 6th made it 3-2, but that was the closest the Phils got.

Three runs in the 7th inning off Jake Diekman gave the Braves a commanding 6-2 lead to seal the sweep.

HR: Victorino (9).

Boxscore.

Series Preview: at Atlanta Braves

PHI: 45-54, 5th in NL East; ATL: 54-44, 2nd in NL East

When: July 27-29
Where: Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.23) vs Ben Sheets (2-0, 0.00)
Saturday: Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.70) vs Mike Minor (5-7, 5.49)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (4-5, 4.32) vs Tim Hudson (9-4, 3.71)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:35, CSN
Saturday, 7:10, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Phillies Score Four in the 9th to Comeback Against Brewers

Phillies 1B Ryan Howard gestures to the home crowd after his solo home run in the 1st inning. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Phillies 7, Brewers 6
WP – Joe Savery (1-2, 5.63)
LP – Francisco Rodriguez (2-5, 4.47)

PHILADELPHIA — There is some life left in this 2012 Phillies team and they showed it tonight.

Trailing 6-3 heading into the 9th, Ty Wigginton’s one-out sacrifice fly capped off a come-from-behind win for the Phillies, a 7-6 win in Philadelphia Monday night.

With the bases loaded and Erik Kratz pinch-running for Ryan Howard, Wigginton lined a shot to left fielder Ryan Braun. Kratz tagged and Braun’s throw wasn’t in time as Kratz belly-flopped on home plate.

This game was not a typical Roy Halladay start.

Instead, it resembled a start in which Halladay is still having shoulder problems. To the team, that isn’t a good thing.

With his velocity down and his pitch count up, Halladay was roughed up by the Milwaukee offense. Fortunately for Halladay the Phillies were able to climb out of the early hole that he left them in.

Halladay’s fastball was only topping out around 90 MPH, and he paid big time because of it. He lasted six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out only three.

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