With a 1-0 win over the Houston Astros, the Phillies clinched their fifth straight playoff berth. It is just the 13th time in the franchise's 128-year history that they will participate in postseason play.
Roy Halladay tossed his first shutout of the season, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out seven. The win is Halladay's 18th, which means he has a shot to win 20 games for the fourth time in his career.
The umps could have literally called this game after the first five minutes, as Shane Victorino (the game's first batter) doubled and Placido Polanco (the game's second batter) singled him home to provide the contest's only offense six pitches into the first inning.
With the win, the Phils avoided a sweep and will head back to Philadelphia after going 4-3 on the road trip. It was the team's 95th victory of the season, which means they need just seven wins in the final 16 games to post the highest single-season total in franchise history.
All of the above are good things. Talk amongst yourselves.
Next up: Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.29) gets the ball as the Phils take on Anibal Sanchez (8-7, 3.64) and the Marlins in another matinee tomorrow, part of a day-night doubleheader.