Halladay Cleaning

Easter weekend wasn’t a bad time to get some cleaning done, especially if you’re the Phillies.

The Phils grabbed their brooms and shut down the San Diego Padres 3-1 to cap off the four-game sweep in San Diego.

Roy Halladay ran into a wall in the ninth, preventing him from getting the shut out. But that doesn’t mean Doc didn’t absolutely decimate the Padres for the first eight innings.

Doc tied a career high with 14 strike outs, a mark he set back in 2009 with the Blue Jays. But he did shatter his 12-strikeout high with the Phillies.

It was another classic gem tossed by Roy Halladay, who tied a career high with 14 strikeouts. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Halladay allowed a run on a walk and five hits while sitting down 14 in 8 2/3 innings. Prior to the ninth, he had allowed only two hits against a Padres team that has scored three runs in their last 41 innings.

Halladay’s pitch of the day was a change up that he has crafted into some sort of demon pitch. Holding it like a splitter, the ball starts out to the left and breaks down and right as it reaches the plate. He was making Padres hitters look foolish with that junk all night, causing them to swing hopelessly or stand their frozen and defeated.

Halladay got his first piece of offense in the sixth inning. After no-out singles by Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard to start the inning, Ben Francisco hit an RBI single to center field to make it 1-0. John Mayberry, starting over the slumping Raul Ibanez, ripped a double to the warning track in left field to drive in Howard.

The following inning, Shane Victorino hit an inside-the-park home run that ricocheted off the glove of a diving Will Venable. The ball kicked off of Venable’s glove into no-man’s land in center. That allowed Victorino to hustle his way home and slide in safely ahead of Cameron Maybin’s throw.

It was the Phils fifth straight win on the season and their 11th straight in San Diego. It was also their 13th straight game with scoring four runs or less but are 9-4 in that span.

The Phils got a bit of bad news after the game. They found out closer Jose Contreras will go on the 15-day DL with a flexor pronator strain. Ryan Madson, who had a maintenance day today – the reason Antonio Bastardo notched the one-pitch save in the ninth – will step in as the closer.

2B: Mayberry (2). HR: Victorino (3).

WP: Halladay (3-1). LP: LeBlanc (0-1). S: Bastardo (1).

Boxscore.

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