Phils 2B Chase Utley avoids Casey Blake's tag as he steals second base in the 5th inning. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Late night baseball is always a burden on baseball fans. Luckily for the Phils, when they are out west, it’s just another day at the park for the Phils.
And by another day, I mean the winning part. The Phils won again (yawn) as Roy Halladay shut down the Dodgers, 5-3.
It was Halladay’s 15th win on the season, the eighth time in his career and sixth straight time he’s hit the 15-win mark. He allowed a run on nine hits and a walk while striking out four. Charlie Manuel gave Halladay the hook after he put two on in the 7th with one out and Andre Ethier to bat.
Antonio Bastardo entered the game and got some serious help from Ethier. With a 3-0 count, Ethier fouled off a high and inside fastball that would have been ball four and then grounded into a double play to end the Dodgers’ scoring threat and saving Halladay’s line score.
The Phils scored on Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda early before he could settle down. They got a run in the 1st on a Ryan Howard infield single. They tacked on two more in the 2nd when Jimmy Rollins ripped a two-run double into the right-center gap to give the Phils a 3-1 lead.
LA was able to get a run on a Casey Blake ground out in the 5th off Halladay. Trailing 4-1 in the 8th, LA made it interesting, getting two runs off reliever Michael Stutes to make it a 4-3 game. But Brad Lidge rescued Stutes and Halladay’s win bid with a nail biting final two outs to hold the Dodgers.
Shane Victorino was in the line up for the Phils. He’s in the middle of appealing his suspension so he can play while under appeal. Victorino drove in a pair of runs, one on a double in the 7th and another on a solo homer in the 9th. He finished the day going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a homer.
2B: Victorino 2 (19), Rollins (20), Howard (26). HR: Victorino (12).
WP: Halladay (15-4). LP: Kiroda (7-14). S: Madson (20).