Kratz Steps Up In Ruiz’s Absence; Phillies Win

Phillies catcher Erik Kratz crosses home after his solo homer in the 3rd inning. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Phillies 3, Diamondbacks 0
WP – Roy Halladay (5-6, 4.02)
LP – Joe Saunders (6-7, 3.57)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (24)

PHILADELPHIA — Bad news soured an already bad season for the Phillies earlier today when they learned All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz would be out until the middle of September with plantar fasciitis.

32-year-old Erik Kratz filled in the role just nicely, driving in two Phillies runs in a 3-0 win over Arizona Saturday night. It was another good showing from Kratz, who is playing for a potential back-up catcher spot for next season.

A Kratz solo home run in the 3rd inning was the game’s first run. It was the 4th homer on the season for Kratz, who has been up and down with the Phillies all season.

The Phillies scored their other run in the 4th inning with the RBI again coming from Kratz. With the bases loaded, Kratz drew a two-out walk from Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders to walk in a run and give the Phils a 2-0 lead.

Domonic Brown had an RBI single in the 8th inning to extend the lead to 3-0.

Roy Halladay was at his finest for the first time in nearly three months. He held the Diamondbacks scoreless for seven innings, his first shutout outing since going eight scoreless on Opening Day, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out five.

Josh Linblom continued his work as the bridge to closer Jonathan Papelbon. He pitched a scoreless 8th, walking Gerardo Parra before the center fielder was thrown out by Kratz trying to steal second to end the inning.

2B: Mayberry (16). HR: Kratz (4).



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