Pen Nearly Collapses; Doc 3-0

David Herndon knows the chance of him getting sent to the minors once Joe Blanton, J.C. Romero, and Brad Lidge get healthy is very high. He didn’t do a good job of helping keep a lasting impression as he got smoked in the ninth inning but the Phillies held on to win 8-6 over Florida on Friday.

Roy Halladay (3-0) was excellent once again as he breezed through eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out four. His ERA shot up to a 1.13, terrible numbers indeed.

After Herndon’s poor showing, Ryan Madson came in to close out the game, earning his third save on the year in as many chances.

The offense showed up once again as they were led by Chase Utley’s 2-for-3 game with a homer. Utley has been on a tear this season with six homers in 10 games. Placido Polanco also homered in the game, Jayson Werth hit a pair of doubles, and Juan Castro continued to fill in nicely for Jimmy Rollins with three RBIs.

Infield hits and the inability to get ahead in counts is what did in Herndon. Dan Uggla and Cody Ross hit a pair of singles. After a ground out advanced both runners, Brett Carroll drove in Uggla on an infield single. Then Gabby Sanchez hit a deep flyball to center that drove in a run. Florida added a couple more weak runs before Madson sealed the game up.

Doubles: Werth 2 (6). HR: Polanco (2), Utley (6).

WP: Halladay (3-0). LP: Sanchez (0-1).


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