The Phillies are officially going back to the playoffs! The three game skid ended as Roy Halladay tossed a complete game shutout against the Astros.
It did not take long for the Phillies to get on the board. Shane Victorino led the game off with a double and Placido Polanco followed with a RBI single. The Phillies would not do much more against Bud Norris, who pitched seven strong innings. One run was plenty for Doc.
In his complete game shutout, Halladay allowed six hits and one walk. He struck out seven. Every pitch seemed to work for him, especially his curveball. There is no need to explain what Halladay has done on the mound; game after game he dominates hitters. With the win, Halladay improves to 18-6 and lowers his ERA to 2.34. There is no doubt that he will be in the talks for this year’s Cy Young.
By clinching on Wednesday, the 2011 Phillies became the fastest team in franchise history to clinch a postseason spot. The 1915 Phillies, who lost to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series, clinched the playoffs in 147 games; the 2011 Phillies did it in 146. On the other hand, the Astros made team history with their 98th loss, the most in their franchise history.
After the 1-0 victory, the Phillies high-fived each other as if it were any other win. The Phillies know that they have unfinished business to take care of. The Phillies still need to clinch the division which will ensure home field advantage, but right now it’s a nice feeling to know that they’ll be playing baseball in October.