Roy Halladay had a little bit of trouble with the Brewers in his career. It shocks me when Doc has a record below .500 against a team and it shocks me even more when his ERA is above 4.00. There has even been a groundswell of support for the Milwaukee Brewers challenging the Phillies for the best record in the National League.
Halladay threw eight innings, gave up one run (on a double that Hunter Pence should have caught), struck out nine batters and outside of two Ryan Braun bloop singles, he shut down the best 3-4 combination in the league. All that aside, no team deserves to win when they give something/anything away to celebrate Nyjer Morgan being on their team. The Brewers did just that, handing out a bunch of towels for people to swing around when Morgan came to the plate. He and his alter ego Tony Plush can cram it.
The Brewers have historically handled Halladay and Brewers starter Shaun Marcum has historically handled the Phillies. He is the exact type of soft tossing pitcher that the Phillies struggle with. Ryan Howard hit a three run home run in the first inning into the second deck in right field. Doc did the rest and this one was never in doubt.
Antonio Bastardo relieved Halladay in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score 5-1. He has been struggling a little bit recently and this was a good low leverage opportunity to get him in a ball game to face some tough hitters. He allowed an opposite field single to Prince Fielder and walked Casey McGehee before giving way to Ryan Madson. Hopefully the diminutive left hander can find his groove come playoff time. Madson allowed the two runners to score but recorded the save; his 29th of the year. 5-3 win for the Phillies.
Cliff Lee versus that stinking son of a bitch Randy Wolf tomorrow.