All 3 games between the Phillies and the Marlins this weekend went into the 9th inning tied by a score of 1-1. It is safe to say that both teams had a wee bit of trouble finding runs.
The Phillies had base runners in the series, but only hit 6 for 30 with runners in scoring position. Both Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley could not come through with the bases loaded; Rollins was 0 for 8 total. And today, the Phils hit into 3 double plays to kill rallies.
Despite the seriously offensive offense, the Phillies managed to squeak out two wins. A lot of that had much to do with the fact that they were playing the Marlins, who look a lot like Phillies-Lite: Placido Polanco, Juan Pierre, Greg Dobbs and Chad Qualls are all ex-Phils.
In another unusual turn of events, Laynce Nix wound up being the hero of the day in the finale. Nix smashed a 2nd deck homer to right field to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the top of the 9th inning. It was Nix’s second home run pinch hit in the last 4 games. He also made a diving grab in right field in Saturday’s game; diving is not his forte, so this was truly a sight to behold. Ok Laynce, you win…I like you. You can stay. ;o)
But the real story of the day was Roy Halladay who picked up his 200th career win today. Not only was that an amazing feat, but this win had to be a huge relief in another way as well. After struggling mightily basically since last year, Halladay finally had a Halladay-like game. In 8 innings, the Doc allowed only 1 run with 5 hits and a walk. Granted it was against the Fish, but this will be a huge boost for his confidence.
So congratulations to Roy Halladay on his 200th career win!
The Phillies will celebrate tonight and then it is back to work tomorrow in Cincinnati. Game time is 7:05pm.
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