Roy Halladay pitched a complete game shutout to help the Phillies defeat the Atlanta Braves 2-0. It was Halladay’s first shutout in a Phillies uniform. Halladay scattered five hits over nine innings against the Braves. He breezed through most of the Braves lineup for the first six innings. In the 7th inning, the Braves threatened with the bases loaded with one out. Halladay got help from Chase Utley and Juan Castro on an inning ending double play. The defense helped Halladay out all night long. Ryan Howard made some tremendous plays over at first base.
The Phillies offense didn’t produce as much as they would’ve liked, but they produced enough to win. Ryan Howard scored on an RBI double by Jayson Werth. Raul Ibanez hit an RBI double to score Jayson Werth as well. The offense really hasn’t been producing as well lately. It could have something to the Phillies lineup getting used to good pitching. They did play the Nationals and Astros for the first two weeks. Tim Hudson is a capable pitcher who has had a very successful career. He pitched well against the Phillies for the most part. It was great to see that the bullpen wasn’t needed tonight after they were the downfall last night. To be honest, I don’t want to see Ryan Madson for a few days.
Early in the game, Placido Polanco has hit on the elbow by a pitch. He wore a protective pad for the next few innings. He was pulled later in the game for Wilson Valdez. The prognosis so far looks as if it is a bone bruise. Hopefully it’s nothing serious because the Phillies can’t afford any more injuries right now. Jimmy Rollins is on his way back, but the infield doesn’t need anymore problems. We’ll see what the Phillies say tomorrow about Polanco.