Phillies Clinch Playoff Berth with Halladay’s Shutout

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, September 14, 2011 04:42 PM | Comments: 21
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They're in. High five! (PHOTO: GETTY)

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.

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  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Great game for Roy !!!! A shutout and #18

  • Posts: 0 Kim

    PHILLIES ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NEXT STOP WINNING THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 577 Brian Sr. of CO

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    Am I the only one who is now starting to get worried about the Phillies offense slumping yet again at the wrong time? 1 run in the first inning and a whopping 4 hits on Bud Norris? Great, we won, and the magic number to clinch the best record is down to 5 (4 for the east). I know some of the guys are hurting, but today it only seems that Utley and Rollins were missing. Vic has dropped his Avg from .309 to .291 in a matter of 2 weeks. It appears Ibanez hot streak may have ended. I am not concerned about wrapping up the NL east. Just getting concerned about the offense when the playoffs start. The good thing is, if injuries is some of the reason, we will have plenty of time to rest more starters. Oh well. 2011 Playoffs here we come!

    • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

      Yes you are the only one worrying.
      I understood 6 weeks ago this team was going to have home field throughout the playoffs.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    No reason to get worried. The Phillies were sleep walking in this series. They came off of the high of beating the Braves and Brewers. Utley will be back and so will the offense.

  • Posts: 36 jkaydee

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    After today’s game: feeling positive about Doc, as usual. Wanting to see the offense step up over the next week. Norris was stellar, but 4 hits is atrocious, even without Jimmy and Chase. Meh, things could be worse. Could be a Bosox fan right now. Now that team is something to fret about!

    • Posts: 577 Brian Sr. of CO

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      Definately not trying to complain about where the team is right now. Best record in Baseball and 95 wins with a distinct opportunity for the most wins in a season by a Phillies team.

  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    Great game by Doc. He refused to let us get swept and kept himself alive for back to back 20 win seasons. I am ready for a crazy couple of games in CBP and to celebrate another NL East crown. The first of 5 such parties I would like to have this year.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Actually rather face the Sox than the Yankees if we make it to the World Series. I dont usually go out on a limb but i think we can take any AL league team. Not steamroll like some people think just that we can take them. I think we might have trouble with the freaking Yankees though. They have too many dangerous hitters an even with our four aces you cant shut all these guys down all the time.

    • Posts: 558 Bruce

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      Yeah…I thought about that a while back when noting Bosox’s current slump. However, they can be dangerous with their own explosive offense. Personally and I think a majority of fans as well (certainly the TV networks would love it), would be thrilled to see the two best teams go at each other in the World Series. I love to see the Phillies get revenge for their W.S. loss to the Yankees in 2009.

      Just remember the old proverbial saying.. good pitching beats good hitting…and the Phillies have plenty of that. :-)

  • Posts: 558 Bruce

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    Good win! Where has the offense gone? Hopefully, home cooking and a sold out CBP will energized the team and their bats will wake up.

    More importantly for the team is to clinch the division title and have home field advantage through out the playoffs. The magic number is 4. Let’s go Phillies!

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    I was there on Sept 27th 2010 when Roy clinched it for the Phillies in DC.

    We all know how that turned out.
    Glad I wasnt there this year to jinx it.

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    I said it yesterday in a post; in order for the Phils to come out with a win during this series it would have to be a near perfect game thrown by one of our aces. Oswalt and Hamels did not come close but Roy came up aces!

    This is why this team will not lose a series. They may lose 2 but not more than that. One of these guys will shut the opposition down and the O will come up with just enough to win.

    Roy has a fantastic shot at his second consecutive CY award. At least 2 of the next 3 outtings need to be wins in order for that to happen. Go Roy! Go Phils!

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I hear you Bruce but playing at CBP an at Yankees stadium could put us in a disadvantage.

  • Posts: 0 SavannahPhilliesPhan

    A quote from Bud Norris on his loss to Halladay..

    .”We played well, and we know this is a learning process for us”, Norris said. ” I remember going up there last year and sweeping them in four games. I remember what that meant to us as a team, so I hope these guys can learn from this, build on it, and we can move forward”

    Is he kidding?…..I think they wait all year for this!!! How sad that their total ambition is to try to keep us out of the playoffs!!

    What say you Phillies Nation?

  • Posts: 79 branderson925

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    This is exactly what the Phils and Halladay needed. Doc for the Cy and the Phils just to stop losing to an inferior team.

    With this shutout performance this totals Halladay’s complete games at 8. He has the same record as Kershaw (18-5). While Ian Kennedy is leading in the somehow important stat of wins, his era is at 2.96 which isn’t comprable. Looks like Halladay could even catch Cueto’s ERA as low man in the league.
    This is truly a magical season and it would be so much more awesome with back-to-back Cy Youngs for Halladay and the Phils. I can’t even think if they have ever done it in franchise history. Okay, well Lefty and Denny did it in 82-83 but I’m talking same guy same team.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Norris is a pretty decent pitcher on a terrible team … put him on a team with any defense and run support and he turns into a 12-15 game winner and his Ks and ERA look that much better

    When you play for a lousy team that trades your best players away, Oswalt, Pence, Bourn…. you don’t have much to play for except to try to beat the best teams in baseball. A series-win for the Astros vs the Phillies probably did a lot for their clubhouse and to help the confidence on their young players

    • Posts: 0 SavannahPhilliesPhan

      You are probably right Don and the sad thing is that these guys can really play, but why not put your energy into being the best instead of being the worst? They obviously have some good talent on this team and alot of big hitters. I still find it hard to believe that Brett Myers and JA Happ still hold a grudge for being traded. That’s baseball and players are traded all the time. And the more value you have chances are at some point you will be traded. Very few players actually stay with the same team through their careers.

  • Posts: 1042 betasigmadeltashag

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    Can we not worry about who the Phillies are going to play in the WS and worry about overlooking a team like Arizona in a short series. I know the team problably will not look past any game once they clinch the best record in the league. But some times some fans drive me crazy worring about what american league team they will face. Even now it might be the Cards if they keep there hot run and the braves keep falling. And if that happens you will be running in to a team that would be going into the short series on fire. Lets try and not be like some typical fans and look past what is in front of us, they made the playoffs, now it is taking the NL east Crown then the best record. Then it is a short series with whom ever is in front of them, until that series is over look to the next one.

    • Posts: 558 Bruce

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      I think most knowledgeable fans are perfectly aware of potential dangers of encountering a hot team going into a playoffs with momentum on their side. One need not look further than last years’ NLCS against Frisco Giants with a rookie of the year Buster Posey and a Hot Cody Ross going ‘bananas’ against the Phillies. And I didn’t even have to mention their pitching (wink, wink).

      What I was describing (for myself) in response to another poster’s thoughts on the Phillies’ chances against certain opponents IF they can get to the W.S. is simply a desire or wish for the best possible competition. As i just said before, I Know full well the road to the W.S. is not a guarantee regardless of how good our team is. Nevertheless, it’s fun to express those inner desires of what team we like to see in the Series. For me, is the Yankees..and I think you do too (smiling).

  • Posts: 0 bostonkate

    Bring on the Phils/ Sox world series!

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