Roy Halladay is a candidate for the Cy Young award for a reason. Philadelphia hasn’t seen a stud pitcher like this in a quite a long time. Halladay only needed one run of support to defeat the Washington Nationals 1-0 tonight.
Halladay pitched seven solid innings giving up no runs on eight hits with four walks and one strikeout. He got off to a rocky start in the first inning when he loaded up the bases with one out. Halladay was able to strand the runners with a double play thanks to Roger Bernadina. Halladay left a one run game to the bullpen where Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge held the lead.
The Phillies offense certainly wasn’t on fire tonight. They only registered four hits, all coming off Nationals starter Jason Marquis. Their only run came in the third inning. Chase Utley and Jayson Werth worked two-out walks off Marquis. Raul Ibanez then hit an RBI double that kicked off the glove of Adam Dunn. It was one of the Phillies only scoring opportunities on the night and it proved to be the only run they would need.
The Phillies stayed two and a half games behind the Atlanta Braves, who defeated the Chicago Cubs earlier today. The Phillies send Kyle Kendrick to the mound on Saturday against young phenom Stephen Strasburg. Kendrick has been pitching well lately, going 3-1 in his last five starts. The Phillies are getting their first look at the young Strasburg and this offense should be able to string more hits together than they did tonight.
2B: Werth (41) Ibanez (24)
WP: Halladay (16-8) LP: Marquis (0-6) S: Lidge (17).