Luebke dominates Phils as offense struggles
April 21, 2012
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Padres starter Cory Luebke went a career-high eight innings, allowing only two hits, two walks and five strike outs while shutting out the Phillies. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
It’s been that type of week for the Phillies.
Just days after Cliff Lee pitches 10 shutout innings and gets zero run support, Roy Halladay suffered the very same fate on Saturday night. Padres starter Cory Luebke stifled the Phillies lineup, only allowing two hits in eight innings in a 5-1 Padres win.
The loss snapped a 13-game win streak at PETCO Park.
Orlando Hudson had an RBI groundout in the second inning. Yonder Alonso doubled home Chase Headley in the third inning to make it 2-0. That was all the offense that the Padres would need.
Roy Halladay pitched a solid game as he only surrendered two runs on five hits. He did walk three batters in one inning for the first time since July 16, 2004. Halladay also struck out five batters.
The heart of the Phillies order (Jimmy Rollins, Hunter Pence, and Shane Victorino) were a combined 0-for-11 with a Rollins walk. The Phillies did get an RBI double from Ty Wigginton to plate Rollins in the ninth inning.
Regardless, the Phillies left 14 runners on base.
Michael Stutes continued his early struggles in 2012 as he gave up three runs on three hits in the eighth inning. Orlando Hudson, Jason Bartlett, and Jesus Guzman all had RBI hits in the inning for the Padres. This brings Stutes’ ERA to 6.32 this season.
Joe Blanton will face Anthony Bass in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.
2B: Wigginton (2).
WP: Luebke (2-1). LP: Halladay (3-1).