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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Game 110: Halladay struggles; Hammel struggles more (71-39)

Roy Halladay allowed 5 runs over 7 innings of work this afternoon, but the Phils' offense provided 8 runs en route to an 8-6 victory. Thanks to Ryan Madson's wife's labor, Brad Lidge recorded his first save of the season. Antonio Bastardo allowed one run in the 8th inning.

Halladay allowed 6 of the 7 leadoff men he faced to reach base, but the Phils' 4-run second inning (all the runs came with two outs) gave Halladay plenty of room for error. Early in the game, it didn't seem at all likely that Halladay would last seven innings. However, it was critical that he did: Michael Stutes threw 40 pitches in his appearance on Monday, so it's great that he got two days off before the San Francisco series this weekend.

Bastardo's post-all-star-break regression continued in the 8th inning, allowing a solo homer to Todd Helton, cutting the Phils lead to 8-6.

Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 9th inning for a surprise save; I was unaware Madson's wife was even pregnant, let alone about to have a baby. No word on his availability for the Giants' series, but if he's on the paternity list, he probably would not be with the team until Sunday.

Only one complaint for Manuel today: he allowed Roy Halladay to swing away in a clear bunt situation in the top of the 7th inning. With Wilson Valdez on first and only one strike, Roy Halladay swung and missed at a pitch while Valdez was caught stealing. Halladay struck out on the next pitch to end the inning. With all of the nonsensical sacrifice bunting from the Phillies position players in recent games, it's mystifying that Halladay is allowed to swing in a clear-cut sacrifice situation.

The Phils head to San Francisco tomorrow night for a 10:15 pm start time as Cliff Lee faces LHP Madison Bumgarner.

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