Ryan Howard - Photo credit: Steve Trapani
The Phillies beat the Brewers last night with a score of 5-3 and their magic number to clinch the National League East is now 9 and to be guaranteed a playoff berth, the number is 3!
The Phillies took full advantage of Milwaukee’s Shaun Marcum‘s mistakes in the first inning. After both Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence singled, Ryan Howard hammered a 3-run shot to right field. It was also Howard’s 32nd homer of the season. With a 3-0 lead, the offense gave Roy Halladay a nice lead to work with.
And Halladay dominated for most of the game. In eight innings pitched, he only gave up four hits, one run, walked three, and struck out nine. And with those nine strikeouts, Halladay joined Cliff Lee in the 200 strikeout club for this season. In fact, Halladay reached 204 last night.
Though Halladay gave up a run in the bottom of the seventh, it wasn’t until the ninth when closer Ryan Madson took over for Antonio Bastardo, that the Brewers tacked on two more runs. Bastardo had given up a single to Prince Fielder and walked Casey McGehee. So when Madson came into the game, both of those players ended up scoring thanks to an RBI-single by Yuniesky Betancourt and on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Lucroy. But it wasn’t enough, because the Phillies had secured their lead in the top of the seventh, with RBI’s by both Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz.
Madson still recorded the save, his 29th of the season and Halladay collected his 17th win.
Complete Box Score Phillies/Brewers – 9/9/11 Game
Chase Utley who suffered a concussion in Wednesday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves, is still in Philadelphia.
He is expected to take an ImPACT test Saturday, which will tell Utley and Phillies medical staff the severity of the concussion. Reports Utley has a “mild” concussion have been inaccurate, because the test is the only way to determine the severity of a concussion. Reports Utley suffered a headache before leaving the game Wednesday also have been inaccurate. He suffered no headache. - Phillies.com
Jimmy Rollins though off the disabled list, hasn’t played yet.
(Charlie) Manuel said Rollins could be back in the field in four or five days, but he is reluctant to offer a timetable because if he doesn’t return next week there will be “knee-jerk reactions.” – Phillies.com
On Friday night, the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs took a 2-0 lead in the playoffs against Pawtucket Red Sox. Its a best of five series so Pawtucket is on the brink of elimination. Box Score can be found here. Next game is tonight at 6:10 pm EDT.
Double-A Reading Phillies, who lost their opening game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Thursday night in the 2011 Eastern League Eastern Division Championship Series, tied it up last night with a decisive 11-2 victory. Box Score can be found here. Next game is tonight at 7:05 pm EDT.
Check out Saturday night’s game preview after the jump…
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