Halladay, Ruiz, and Ibanez lead the charge, Phils top Padres

Roy Halladay was his normal self Sunday, going eight innings, striking out eight and allowing two earned runs in a 5-3 Phillies win over the San Diego Padres.  Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz each had RBI doubles to jump start the offense.  Cameron Maybin continued his hot streak by going 2-3 with a stolen base and run scored, but left the game in the fifth inning because a left hip flexor strain.  Tim Stauffer took the loss for the Padres, going 5 and 2/3 innings, allowing 5 runs, while Halladay is now tied for the National League lead in wins (12).  Antonio Bastardo recovered after a disastrous outing yesterday and pitched a 1,2,3 9th inning to pick up his 8th save of the season. The Phillies moved to 64-36 on the year while the Padres fell 44-58. These two teams wrap up their series tomorrow at 1 pm. Cliff Lee will start the Phillies and Aaron Harang is on the bump for the Padres.

Maybin continued to be a thorn in the Phillies’ side when he hit the first pitch he saw from Halladay to center and stole second. Chase Headley singled to right scoring Cameron and the Padres had a 1-0 lead on Doc Halladay. (what? Crazy!)  The Phillies quickly responded with two runs in their half of the first inning. Shane Victorino’s RBI single and Raul’s RBI double with two out quickly got the lead back for Halladay.  In the third inning, Ryan Howard lead off with a double to left (his second opposite field hit of the game) and Victorino sacrificed him to third.  Ibanez singled Howard home and came around to score on Carlos Ruiz’s two run double.  San Diego made things interesting in the fourth inning.  An Alberto Gonzalez RBI single was followed by a Tim Stauffer squeeze bunt that scored Kyle Phillips. Roy Halladay labored in the hot weather, throwing 91 pitches through the first five innings.  However, from the 6th-8th inning, Halladay retired all nine batters he faced on 24 pitches.  Simply outstanding.  With the win, the Phillies have won five in a row and their last nine series. Interestingly enough, the last series loss for the Phillies was to the Seattle Mariners, who are 6-23 since.

Notes:

-Is it really necessary to say the New York Life ad every time a runner reaches second base? Do you know how many times a runner reaches second a season?

-Cameron Maybin is 13 for his last 28 at bats with six RBIs.

– His replacement in this game, Chris Denorfia made an unbelievable catch to rob Ibanez of a home run.

-Prior to today’s two hit outing, Ibanez was 1 for his last 16 at bats.

– No new news on the trade front. Besides Beltran and Pence, none of the other bats are that great so I wouldn’t even bother.  Beltran and Pence are probably too expensive. Dom Brown should not be traded. Not even a discussion.

– Last chance tomorrow to see Mike Adams and Heath Bell, two interests of the Phillies. Adams is unlikely to be moved and Bell has the interest of all the contenders.

– Congratulations to Pat Gillick on being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  One of my favorite moments of Gillick was after he traded Bobby Abreu in 2006, he said the Phillies probably wouldn’t contend that year. (honesty that is rarely seen) The Phillies got hot, finished just shy of the wildcard, and set the stage for the run they are currently on.

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