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Game 39: Get Doc A Win

Phillies SP Roy Halladay (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — It’s been five starts since Roy Halladay’s last win.

Never thought you’d read those words in one sentence since Halladay (3-3, 3.20) joined the Phillies in the offseason before 2010. Well you just did, so let it soak in for a bit.

Halladay’s last winning decision came on April 16 against the San Francisco Giants. Over a month has passed and Halladay has gone 0-3 in his last five starts, his ERA spiking up from 1.17 to 3.20.

The ERA spike was due to one awful start against the Braves and the blame for a lack of a win could be pitted on the offense and bullpen failing to show up on separate occasions. But you can’t tell that to Halladay, who wants to shake that monkey off his back.

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Bats Go Back In Hiding As Phils Lose to Cubs

Phillies SP Roy Halladay walks back to the mound after Cubs CF Tony Campana scores on a Starlin Castro single in the 4th inning. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Whatever the Phillies did on their day off yesterday they left their bats at home.

They came back and dropped the first game of the series to the Cubs, 5-1. You could put some blame on home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor, who called a terrible game like usual but in the end the bats didn’t show up when it counted most.

Starting in the 1st inning, the Phils squandered a prime scoring chance off Cubs starter Paul Maholm.

Juan Pierre led off with a single, moved to second on a passed ball and got to third on a Placido Polanco single. But back-to-back pop-ups by Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence and a ground out by Shane Victorino ended the early scoring threat, setting the tone for the offense.

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Game 20: Keep the Bats Rollin’

The Phillies (9-10) would love nothing more than to develop a consistency at the plate.

After an incredibly slow start offensively to the season the Phillies have found themselves scoring 20 runs in the last 19 innings they played. A lot of that can be attributed to Juan Pierre and his .339 batting average from the lead off spot.

Ty Wigginton and Laynce Nix are also having solid starts, splitting time at first base. Nix is hitting .348 (8-for-23) and has an OBP of .400 while Wigginton is hitting .304 (14-for-46). Both have homered and driven in six runs.

The Phillies finished their latest road trip with a series win in Arizona, going 5-5 for the 10-game west coast run. Fans back home will rejoice at being able to watch baseball at 7:05 once again starting with the four-game weekend home stand against the Cubs (6-13).

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Offense Backs Kendrick

After two disappointing losses to the Pirates the past two days in which the Phillies managed only two runs, the offense exploded tonight to back Kyle Kendrick. The young righty pitched very well and offense came through in a big way as the Phillies won 12-4, snapping the three-game skid to a last-place team.

Jimmy Rollins came through in a much-needed way for himself and the team. He batted 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs. He homered in the fourth and also doubled. Shane Victorino also tacked on three runs while Ryan Howard drove in three. Ben Francisco homered in the sixth. Cody Ransom, who was called up today, got the start at third and had himself a two-hit game.

Kendrick pitched a complete game, allowing four runs, three earned, on 10 hits and two walks while striking out four. He threw 114 pitches in the complete game, the first of his career. He even doubled in the seventh. Paul Maholm got shelled in three innings of work, allowing eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits and two walks while only sitting down one.

2B: Sardinha (2), Werth (26), Kendrick (1), Rollins (6). 3B: Victorino (8). HR: Rollins (4), Francisco (1).

WP: Kendrick (5-3). LP: Maholm (5-7).