After a four game losing streak, the longest of the season for the Phillies, Roy Halladay finally led this struggling team to a win against the Pirates. It seemed like an eternity since the Phillies came out on the winning end.
However, the win was not without drama. In the fourth inning, down by 2-1, Domonic Brown was all set to tie up the game when an umpire literally stepped in.
With two runners in scoring position, Brown powered a ball straight up the middle that should have shot into center field to score a run. Instead, second-base umpire Chad Fairchild stepped into the ball while trying to avoid it. Once the ball hit him, it was a dead ball. And although Brown was awarded first base, the run was not allowed to score.
The next batter, Wilson Valdez, hit into an inning-ending double play. After that, things looked grim for the Phillies who had a run stolen from them and lost a chance with the bases loaded.
But the team followed Halladay’s lead and pushed forward. After allowing a two-run homer in the first, Halladay put it behind him and pitched extremely well after that. The offense, despite the umpire goof, followed suit.
Chase Utley finally had a good day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a walk and a run scored. Ryan Howard collected three RBI on two hits and a sac fly. And Placido Polanco, Shane Victorino and Brown all had two hits in the game as well.
Utley was amazing on defense as well. He saved Halladay in the seventh when he laid out, Superman-style, diving for a line drive. The catch ended the inning that otherwise may have been a disaster.
Relief pitcher Jose Contreras gave up his first run of the year in the eighth, but Antonio Bastardo bailed him out, getting the final two outs of the inning. Ryan Madson shut the door in the ninth and the Phillies pulled out a 7-3 win.
The team is headed home now for a long home stand, starting with the Dodgers tomorrow night at 7:05pm.
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