Padres (32-21) at Phillies (28-24)

Posted by Jonathan Fogg, Fri, June 04, 2010 05:36 PM | Comments: 75
2010 Gameday, Posts

San Diego Padres (32-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (28-24)

Mat Latos (5-3, 3.08 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (7-3, 1.99 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly cloudy, 86
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: @philliesnation
Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Castro SS, Ruiz C, Halladay P

Boy, do the Phillies ever need Roy.

Games such as this one are exactly why the Phillies shuttled a couple of their top prospects to Toronto to pry “Doc” away from the Blue Jays.

You do that to get a pitcher for which there are many nicknames – “horse,” “ace,” “stopper” – in essence, a guy who is his best when the chips are down.

The Phillies need Halladay because they need a win, having fallen three games behind the white-hot Braves in the NL East, and Halladay far and away gives them their best chance at getting one.

It’s probable that Halladay won’t be as good as he was the last time out, when he breezed through the Florida Marlins’ lineup three times as easily as he knocks out a 7 a.m. workout. It’s quite likely that Johnny Vander Meer’s record of consecutive no-hitters will still be standing come Saturday. But the amazing thing about Halladay is that you believe that indeed he could do it again.

In reality, this game is no more about Halladay, though, than it is about the Phillies’ offense. For the past 11 games, the offense has been a shell of its former self because of a combination of slumps and injuries that has turned the clock back on the lineup – as in back to February and March, when you would actually expect to see two or three reserves playing every day. In the Charlie Manuel era, the Phillies’ fate has usually been tied to the offense, and this season is no different.

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  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Amazing that Howard’s avg is 13 points higher than Utleys.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK, we could really use some insurance here…

  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    I agree, Ed R.. Has to be something wrong with Chase somewhere.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    J-Roll can not come back soon enough…eligible to come off the DL on the 6th but I am hearing it will be at least 1 week after that.

    Come on Chooch gives us a gapper.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Whew! Perlozzo held him for a change. Usually, he sends Howard to make the final out.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    rats… OK, just 3 outs…

  • Posts: 0 The Real Jeff

    lidge will blow this save. can ryan howard give back the money. what a waste. these guys still cant hit. pathetic

  • Posts: 0 Huddles Peck

    Lidge …. oh my gosh !!!! If this guy blows the save, then he needs to get the hell out of Philly

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Holy crap…where has this Lidge been?

  • Posts: 0 The Real Jeff


  • Posts: 0 The Real Jeff


  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WHEE!!! PHILS WIN!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Yup, that’s the Lidge we knew and loved!

  • Posts: 0 Terri

    not going to lie, I was scared to watch, but Brad looks good. Please let this be a sign of good things to come.

  • Posts: 0 NYphilsfan

    God bless you Brad Lidge…..

  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    The Real Jeff please go somewhere else you are such a bandwagoner,

    Anyway Great finish by Lidge

  • Posts: 0 Huddles Peck

    PRAISE THE LORD ! God bless the Phils and Brad Lidge. PRAISE THE LORD. God bless us all

  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    Nice job by Halladay regardless of the 2 runs and 10 hits allowed. Contained San Diego to give the Phils the chance to win.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Halladay looked mortal and they still won. That’s something to be proud of.

  • Posts: 0 Woody Hankin

    Love dem Phils. Hope Lidge is back. What a boost to the bullpen. Another yeoman’s job by Halladay. Polanco contributed and it is great to have him back. I AM DA WOOOOOOODY !!!!

  • Posts: 0 DIDDLY DEAN

    Howard still looks lost out there. Manuel should sit the dude for a day or two. He struck out on three pitches earlier with the bases loaded.
    That is pressing too hard. Great to get a win. Nice job Lidge

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  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    I think most fans are coming to the realization that there is something really physically wrong with Utley. That is very bad news, to state the obvious.
    Maybe a 15 day stint? Who knows.

    Because he is giving them absolutely nothing from the 3 hole. Meaning ANY body they threw out there to replace him would do as good or better.

    I think most fans are also coming to the reality that this is not just a slump. Don’t think this will be their year. Happens.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    I’m not one to blame the bench as you all know 3-4-5 are struggling. However, if it looks like Jimmy is still having problems with the calf how about looking at Craig Council? He’d be a one and done and can be had for cheap.

  • Posts: 0 Keenan

    Great night for Philly sports fans…..Phils win, Flyers win. Everyone happy. Let’s see the Phils beat Jon Garland tonight.

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