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Halladay Strong; Phils Offense Fails to Support

Padres OF Cameron Maybin reacts after scoring the would-be winning run in the 7th inning. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Padres 2, Phillies 1
WP – Edinson Volquez (2-2, 2.79)
LP – Roy Halladay (3-3, 3.20)
SV – Dale Thayer (3)

PHILADELPHIA — Tonight, Roy Halladay was out to prove he was indeed not in a slump, hoping to end the four-game losing streak in games he’s pitched.

Unfortunately Edinson Volquez was out to prove he could pitch just as good as the opposing pitcher. With that mindset, San Diego shut down the Phillies offense, winning 2-1 Saturday night.

The Phillies lone run came in the top of the 2nd inning, an RBI double by Freddy Galvis that scored John Mayberry Jr.

It didn’t take long for the Padres offense to respond. Will Venable tied the game on an RBI double scoring Jason Bartlett in the top of the 3rd.

San Diego added their second run in the top of the 7th on a Jesus Guzman sacrifice fly, proving to be enough for the Padres.

The Phillies offense scored one run on eight hits, leaving a total of 21 on base. Hunter Pence went 0-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts, leaving five stranded. He could not deliver with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 7th, nor could he in the bottom of the 9th with Jimmy Rollins on third and the game on the line.

Ty Wigginton went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, leaving nine on base. The Phillies offense could not muster the spark they’ve shown the night before, and unfortunately wasted a solid effort by Halladay.

The Phillies fall to 15-19 on the season, and the Padres impove to 12-22.

Halladay took the loss tonight, pitching seven strong. He gave up seven hits, two earned runs, one walk, and struck out 10. He dropped to 3-3 on the season.

Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless 8th, giving up one hit and one walk, striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Two scoreless innings from the Phillies bullpen was a positive to take from tonight’s loss, as well as Halladay’s strong start after many began to worry after his last three starts. It was the second straight game the bullpen pitched a shutout.

The Padres and Phillies will play the rubber match tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 pm on PHL 17. The Padres Jeff Suppan (2-0, 0.90) will face the Phillies Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.45). Phillies will attempt to win the series.

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