Roy Halladay has had a few adventurous outings this year. Tonight against the Braves, the only adventure was a solo homer to Chipper Jones in the first inning. It was smooth sailing after that. Halladay pitched his 7th complete game of the year, throwing only 93 pitches to defeat the Braves. He looked unsinkable.
So all Halladay needed was a little offense. Greg Dobbs came into tonight’s game batting only .167. Even after spending some time in the minors, Dobbs could not seem to find his stroke. Tonight, it looks like he might have turned a corner.
With a 0-1 deficit in the 6th inning, Dobbs hit a 2-run bomb to center. It was only his 2nd home run of the year; the 1st one was way back on April 25th. Dobbs ended up with 2 hits in the game.
The Phillies tried to tack on to the 2-1 lead in the 8th inning. After a couple of singles, manager Charlie Manuel put on a rare suicide squeeze with Raul Ibanez on third. But Juan Castro missed the bunt and Ibanez was caught between third and home. Castro made up for the goof by hitting an RBI single, putting the Phils up 3-1.
As it turns out, Halladay did not need the extra run, but he certainly did not mind it. The Phillies inch one game closer to the Braves with this win and will have to try and carry the momentum into the next 2 games. Cole Hamels will pitch tomorrow night; game time is 7:05pm.
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