Monday, April 25, 2011

Halladay fans 14 to secure sweep

The Phillies continued to own the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park this weekend, as they completed a four-game sweep yesterday with another brilliant performance from Doc.

Roy Halladay struck out a career high 14 batters in 8.2 innings, improving to 3-1. He was clinging to a 3-0 lead in the ninth, but was pulled after allowing a run. Antonio Bastardo needed just one pitch to pick up his first save of the year.

Shane Victorino hit an inside the park home run in the ballgame, on a weird play as the ball bounced out of the glove of a diving Will Venable and shot past Cameron Maybin into unoccupied territory in center field.

The Phillies offense is still struggling, but the team received excellent pitching in San Diego. Roy Oswalt kicked off the series with a 2-0 victory, and Cole Hamels followed with a 3-0 win on Friday. Joe Blanton was solid in a 4-2 extra inning victory on Saturday in which Ryan Howard picked up the game winning hit after he'd struck out in every prior at bat.

The Phils have not scored more than four runs in 13 consecutive games.

Jose Contreras hit the 15 day DL with a strained right flexor pronator tendon, which is located in the elbow. Ryan Madson will close in his absence but Bastardo could also get the call again.

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