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Phils Snap Skid Heading Into NY

Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia leaps after forcing out Chase Utley. Both players are regarded as the best two-baggers in their respective leagues. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

The Phillies did not want to go into a tough Yankee Stadium any more down in the NL East than they already were. They prevented that by scoring early and holding on to win by a score of 5-3 in Boston to prevent the sweep and snapping the three-game skid.

Tim Wakefield gave the Phillies a lot of problems when he faced them three weeks ago in Philadelphia. But the knuckle-baller was bested, allowing four runs in 7.1 innings. After that bad inning, he settled down and pitched great for Boston. If it weren’t for those early runs, this game could’ve been trouble for the Phils.

Cole Hamels was fantastic in his outing, allowing a run on five hits and two walks in seven innins of work while striking out eight. The lone run he allowed came off a solo homer in the second inning by Adrian Beltre. Brad Lidge pitched 2/3 of an inning to get his fourth save of the season.

While trailing 1-0, the Phillies got four runs in a huge fourth inning where Raul Ibanez hit a two-run home run to snap the 1-1 tie. Ben Francisco then doubled and was driven in by Juan Castro to make it a 4-1 game. The Phillies added a run in the top of the ninth when Ben Francisco drove in Jayson Werth on a sacrifice fly. Boston scored two in the bottom half but Lidge stopped the bleeding to shut the door on the come back.

The Phillies will have the day off Monday before heading to the Bronx to face the Yankees in a three-game rematch of the World Series. I’ll be in attendance for Tuesday’s games with six more to invade Yankee Stadium and watch Roy Halladay take on C.C. Sabathia.

Doubles: Howard (11), Francisco (4), Polanco (13). HR: Ibanez (4).

WP: Hamels (6-5). LP: Wakefield (2-5). S: Lidge (4).



A Not-So-Happy Halladay

Five days ago I got to see an odd feat, a complete game loss on Roy Haladay’s part. Today I got to see another odd sight: Halladay getting shelled and bounced before the sixth inning. Halladay allowed seven runs, six earned in the Phillies 8-3 loss on Sunday to lose the series to Boston.

Tim Wakefield pitched eight shut out innings, allowing only five hits and two walks while striking out one. Halladay was not so impressive, allowing seven runs, six earned in only 5 2/3 innings pitched on eight hits, two walks, and a strike out.

The Phillies avoided their third shut out of the season when Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez hit back-to-back doubles in the ninth inning. Three batters later, Ross Gload hit a pinch-hit two run homer to make it 8-3.

Kevin Youkilis was a force at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored. Adrian Beltre was also 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Chase Utley and Werth had two hits for the Phillies.

Many are questioning whether or not Halladay’s 132-pitch outing on Tuesday was a factor in his 99-pitch outing where he couldn’t get anyone out. The runs and hits weren’t the main concern for Doc but the fact he only struck out one batter. A lack of dominating at-bats was certainly not a Halladay-esque outing.

I’m not trying to make Greg Dobbs a scape goat but his one-out error in the fourth inning scored two runs for the Red Sox to make it a 3-0 game at the time. If Halladay would have gotten out of that inning, the game probably could have gone a little differently.

But Halladay was ineffective and the Phillies offense, who were hitting Wakefield hard but straight to the fielders were having an unlucky day. The Phils will have the day off tomorrow and will travel to Citi Field to take on the Mets in a three-game series starting Tuesday.

Doubles: Victorino (6), Castro (4), Werth (22), Ibanez (9). Triples: Utley (1). HR: Gload (2).

WP: Wakefield (1-2). LP: Halladay (6-3).