It had to happen sometime. The Phillies finally won a shutout at home. Seven strong from Roy Halladay, a good performance by
Shane Victorino Josh Linblom, and one-hit ninth from Jonathan Papelbon, and bingo.
Erik Kratz did his best to make us forget about Carlos Ruiz, hitting a solo homerun in the third (which was totally called by LA on the radio--no really, he did), and walking in a run in the fourth. He also threw out Gerardo Parra at second with an awesome rifle-like throw.
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Domonic Brown also impressed, hitting several solid liners all over the park, taking a 10-pitch walk, and made a couple good plays defensively. It strikes me that between Brown in left and Nate Schierholtz in right, our outfield is much less exciting. Which is good.
Halladay allowed only three hits and a walk over seven innings, along with five strikeouts. He appeared to have some trouble with the heart, but otherwise was in control. The win was Doc's first since the Late Cretaceous period. Lindblom also pitched well, showing off a wicked curveball.
Phormer Phillie Mike Zagurski made an appearance in the eighth, allowing an insurance run on a couple of hits. Arizona starter Joe Saunders allowed six hits and a pair of walks over six and a third innings, and threw over to first at least five thousand times.
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With the win, the Phillies "improve" (yeah, right) to 48-59, and even the series with Arizona at a game apiece. They'll look for the series victory tomorrow behind Cliff Lee against the D'Backs' Trevor Cahill.