All Roy Halladay is asking for each start is a little offense. His 2.33 ERA is letting you know that if you score at least three runs, he’ll likely get you a W. Halladay only needed 93 pitches for his seventh complete game of the season as the Phillies won 3-1 to cut their deficit in the standings to four games.
Greg Dobbs was the real hero though. His two-run shot in the sixth erased the Braves’ 1-0 lead they earned in the first with a solo home run by Chipper Jones. The homer highlighted Dobbs’ two-hit game. Juan Castro drove in Jayson Werth with two outs in the eighth as an insurance run before Halladay sat down the Braves in order off of six pitches in the ninth.
Halladay gave up only five hits and a walk in the win while striking out seven. Derek Lowe’s efforts aren’t that to be forgotten. He allowed only two runs in seven strong innings of work where he allowed six hits and a walk while striking out six. Lowe basically got a taste of what it’s like to not get any support.
The Phillies were coming off of a tough series loss to a team as low as Pittsburgh as they saw themselves drop in the standings. With this win over Atlanta, they sit four games back with the ability to gain even more ground. Cole Hamels being on the mound tomorrow against Atlanta’s weakest pitcher of the series, Jair Jurjjens, is going to help them tremendously.
HR: Dobbs (2).
WP: Halladay (10-7). LP: Lowe (9-7).