Doc Wins 20th For Phils

It’s a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since Steve Carlton did so in 1982.  Roy Halladay won his 20th game tonight, becoming the first Phillies pitcher to accomplish such a feat in the last 28 years.  Halladay helped to the Phillies extend their division lead with a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Halladay has been everything the Phillies could’ve hoped for when they acquired him last December.  He was the first Phillies right-handed pitcher since Robin Roberts to reach the 20 win plateau.  Halladay tossed seven innings giving up three runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts. 

He stifled Braves hitters for most of the night and pitched late into the ballgame, something the Phillies needed in a game such as this.  Derrek Lee and Eric Hinske were able to record outs that allowed runners to score.  Freddie Freeman also added a solo home run off Halladay.

Jayson Werth led the charge for the Phillies offense tonight.  Werth went two-for-four with a huge three-run home run in the third inning.  Werth has been hitting very well with runners in scoring position lately. 

It was the eighth straight game in which the opposing starting pitcher failed to pitch five innings against the Phillies.  Mike Minor was roughed up for seven hits in only two-and-a-third innings of work. 

Raul Ibanez also came up huge tonight.  Ibanez hit a two-out RBI double off reliever Mike Dunn to score both Ryan Howard and Werth.  Ibanez is hitting .411 in his last 15 games.

Ryan Madson threw a solid eighth inning in which he got help from a Phillies double play. 

Brad Lidge came on to pitch the ninth inning.  After allowing a leadoff single to Lee, Lidge settled down and recorded the next three outs for his 25th save of the season.

The Phillies have 10 games left and only need six more victories to clinch the National League East crown.

2B: Ibanez 2 (34) HR: Werth (25)

WP: Halladay (20-19). LP: Minor (3-2).  S: Lidge (25)



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