Phillies Complete the Sweep

3 Aug

Well, it wasn’t pretty but the Phillies completed the sweep of the Colorado Rockies today behind Roy Halladay.

Roy was not as sharp as usual, but he battled all the way through seven innings, giving up eight hits and five runs.  He walked one and struck out seven.  Halladay is the National League’s first 14 game winner and is on pace to win 20 games again.  Doing so would make him the first National League pitcher to do it since his teammate Roy Oswalt did it on 2004 and 2005.

The Phillies are 19-4 in games that Roy Halladay has started this season.

The offense was lead again by the bat of Ryan Howard.  Howard has now homered three times in two games, and his home today was his first off of a lefty since last September.  Howard went 2-4 with four RBI.  I want to touch on Hunter Pence’s effect on Ryan Howard in an article later this week.  Be on the lookout.

The Phillies now move on to battle the San Francisco Giants after they took two of three from the Phillies last week.  Since then the two teams have gone in pretty different directions.  The Phillies swept both the Pirates and the Rockies in that span, and the Giants were swept by the Reds, and then lost 2 of 3 to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The pitching match ups  are as follows.

Thursday: Cliff Lee (10-7, 3.14) vs. Madison Bumgarner (6-10, 3.80)

Friday: Vance Worley (7-1, 2.33) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (4-5, 3.81)

Saturday: Cole Hamels (12-6, 2.62) vs. Matt Cain (9-7, 3.10)

Sunday: Roy Oswalt (4-6, 3.79) vs. RH Tim Lincecum (9-9, 2.77)

I’ll have an article up tomorrow to preview the series a little more.



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