Halladay says hold on a second, Howard stays hot in the win.

 Roy Halladay told NL Cy Young award voters not to forget about him as he threw eight innings of one run ball as the Phillies defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 last night. Ryan Howard’s three run home run in the first inning led the way offensively as he now has 111 RBIs. Doc gave up just four hits and struck out nine in the win.  Ryan Madson cleaned up the ninth inning to pick up his 29th save of the year.  Every Phillies hitter except for Wilson Valdez had at least one hit.  Shaun Marcum gave up five runs in the loss. Yuniesky Betancourt had two RBIs for the Brewers as they managed to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning before Madson got George Kottaras to ground out to end the game.

With a pitching matchup as good as Halladay, Marcum, one mistake could be all the difference.  That one mistake was by Marcum as he gave up a long three run home run to Ryan Howard in the first inning. The Phillies would load the bases in the third inning, but Wilson Valdez grounded out to end the inning. The Brewers started to get something going in the bottom of the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Yuniesky Betancourt hit a sharp ground ball to Valdez, who flipped to Pete Orr, who finished the double play by throwing to Howard. Raul Ibanez continued his hot month with an RBI single in the 7th inning. Carlos Ruiz also threw in a RBI single in the same inning. Betancourt gave the Brewers’ the first run in the bottom of that inning.  Antonio Bastard tried to finish up the game for Halladay, but struggled.  In the ninth inning, he allowed Prince Fielder to single and then walked Casey McGehee.  Charlie Manuel pulled Bastardo for Madson.  After a Jerry Hairston ground out, Betancourt singled home Fielder and Jonathan Lucroy had a sac fly.  George Kottaras grounded out to end the game.

Notes:

-Magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 3. That’s crazy.

-Halladay really struggled against the Brewers in his last few starts, nice rebound indeed.

-Wilson Valdez left 10 men on base, haha

-Worried about Bastardo? I’m not there yet, but I think he might have hit a wall.

 -I understand it’s only September 10th, but Howard is hitting .346 with a 1.259 OPS in September.

Stud.

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