After taking the first two games of the series, the Phillies were all lined up to sweep Washington.
With John Lannan, who is now 0-10 in 13 career starts against the Phillies, on the hill for Washington facing Roy Halladay, the Phillies best pitcher, anything short of victory would be shocking.
Lannan was chased early again and Halladay cruised through seven innings as the Phillies capped off the sweep with a 7-3 win.
Halladay allowed only two runs on six hits while striking out 10. Lannan wasn’t so good, getting knocked out in the 3rd inning before recording a single out. He allowed six runs, all in the 3rd, on a walk and seven hits.
Raul Ibanez continued his tear. After breaking an 0-for-35 slump, Ibanez is hitting 9-for-13 with four doubles, two home runs and five RBIs. He was 3-for-4 with a double, homer and three RBIs on the night.
The 3rd inning was ugly for Lannan. Jimmy Rollins led off with a single. Shane Victorino then followed with a two-run homer.
Placido Polanco then singled and Ryan Howard walked. John Mayberry then hit an RBI double to make it 3-0. Raul Ibanez followed that up with a two-run double to make it 5-0, chasing Lannon. Ibanez was then scored on a Wilson Valdez single to make it 6-0.
21-9 looks so awesome on paper, especially when the Phillies properly handled weak competition through the first 30 games of the season.
But the Phillies will be tested again as they take on the Atlanta Braves starting tomorrow. The Braves are expected to pitch both Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson in the series. The Phillies will hit them with Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt on Saturday and Cole Hamels.
2B: Mayberry (3), Ibanez (5). HR: Victorino (5), Ibanez (3).
WP: Halladay (5-1). LP: Lannan (2-4).