Things looked dire there for a little bit, but the Phillies prevailed tonight to hand Roy Halladay his 17th win of the season. Roy allowed four home runs for the first time in his career, yet fortunately for him (and most power pitchers) there were no runners on base and those 4 runs were all the Brewers could manage.
The Phillies were led by back-to-back homers by Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth to start their scoring. Hopefully Howard’s solo shot in the second only further fuels his September fire. The big story however was the Phils game-winning two-run sacrifice fly in the seventh. Down 4-3 with the bases loaded, Placido Polanco flied out to left. Carlos Ruiz chugged home beating the throw from Ryan Braun which sailed behind him up the third-base line. Seizing the opportunity, Wilson Valdez scampered home as well to give the Phillies the 5-4 lead.
J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson tag-teamed the eighth inning to set the stage for Brad Lidge. Without much drama, Brad locked it down for his 20th save on the season.
Meanwhile the Braves managed to beat Josh Johnson and the Marlins and remain a game ahead of the Phillies. The Phils recalled Scott Matheison earlier in the day. Vance Worley and Nate Robertson also made the trip south from Lehigh Valley and will find out Sunday along with the rest of us who will start the second game of Monday’s doubleheader.