Pretty simple. Doc was a surgeon on the hill, the offense hammered out four homers and the Phils rolled to a 9-0 victory over the Reds.
Roy Halladay was perfect for five of his seven innings, with the only blemishes on the scorebook coming in the first and seventh frames. He allowed two walks and a pair of hits, striking out nine and throwing 69 of 108 pitches for strikes. Over the last 23 innings that he’s pitched against Cincinnati (NLDS no-hitters included), 15 have been hitless. As if his gem on the mound weren’t enough, Halladay helped his cause with the bat, plating three with a double in the sixth. The bases-clearing two-bagger upped his season RBI total to … three.
The rest of the offense followed Halladay’s lead and turned in a dominant performance of its own. Ryan Howard homered twice and secured himself a place in the club’s all-time record book. The home run pushed Howard’s 2011 RBI total to 101, making him the only Phillie in franchise history to drive in over 100 runs in six straight seasons. Hunter Pence and Raul Ibanez also went yard, and Ibanez finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Pence’s blast was of particular note, as he leveled off on a letter-high fastball from Bronson Arroyo and drove it into the centerfield stands. Off the bat, it looked like a garden variety lineout, but the ball just kept going, ending up five rows deep and further demonstrating Pence’s ever more obvious strength at the plate.
Next up: Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.71) looks to make it three straight as he takes on Dontrelle Willis (0-3, 4.10) at 7:10 tomorrow night.
Chase Utley’s career line against the D-Train: 4-for-26 (.154) with 10 Ks
Vegas odds that Mini-Mart gets the start at second: 650-to-1