Before Sunday’s Phillies – Athletics match-up, the Phillies honored former major leaguer Bobby Shantz. The 1952 American League MVP played for the Philadelphia A’s from 1949-1954 and for the Phillies in 1964. He was joined on the field by Connie Mack’s 97-year-old daughter Ruth Mack Clark:
Once the game began, Roy Halladay was on point as usual. He went the distance yet again, saving a depleted Phillies bullpen. After nine innings, eight hits, one run and no walks, Halladay finally earned his 10th win of the year.
The offense was not spectacular again, but they got the job done. Jimmy Rollins led the way, going 4-for-4 and scoring twice. Shane Victorino and Ben Francisco each sent J-Roll home once. The third run scored with no outs in the first while Ryan Howard grounded into a double play. But he knocked in a run, so he is forgiven.
There were some odd plays on defense as well. The A’s struggled to hit Halladay and as a result, they managed a bunch of weak fly balls that landed in the middle of nowhere. Wilson Valdez had a real adventure at second base playing in place of Chase Utley for the day. A few balls hit in no-man’s land seemed catchable, but ultimately they eluded Valdez.
The Phillies collected a 3-1 win over the A’s and won the series by two games to one. They have a day off today before starting a 3-game series with the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Here is the full Photo Album from the game. Enjoy!
Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography