Phillies Drop Brewers for 5th Straight Win

The Philadelphia Phillies continued their torrid stretch last night, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3.  Standouts Roy Halladay and Ryan Howard led the Phillies to their 5th straight victory.

Following singles from Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, Howard got the Phillies on the board early, taking Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum deep to right for a 3 run bomb.

After this offensive outburst, the game quieted down as the pitchers took control.  Halladay was fantastic and Marcum settled in, holding the Phillies scoreless over the next 5 frames.

But Philadelphia was ultimately able to break through in the 7th.  After retiring two of the first three batters of the inning, Marcum gave up an RBI single to Raul Ibanez before Brewers manager Ron Roenicke decided to hand the ball to his pen.

Takashi Saito gave up back to back singles, pushing the Phillies advantage to 5-0, before getting out of the inning.

Halladay gave up his first extra base hit and run in the bottom of the frame, but pitched a scoreless 8th before making his exit.  On the night, Halladay logged 8 innings of 1 run ball, walking 3 and striking out 9.

Philadelphia’s bullpen made things a little interesting in the 9th, as recently struggling reliever Antonio Bastardo gave up a single and walk without recording an out.  Phillies closer Ryan Madson came on to replace him and allowed the two inherited runners to score, bringing the score to 5-3.

With the tying run on deck, Madson induced a ground out off the bat of George Kottaras to end the game.

After their sweep of the Atlanta Braves this week, the Phillies have now won 5 straight against teams headed for the National League playoffs.  Philadelphia also took 2 of 3 against the NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle of August.

Over their 5 game winning streak, Phillies pitching has been dominant.  The starters have picked up the wins in 4 of the 5 contests, and the Phils have only allowed 2 runs a game over the stretch.

Cliff Lee will look to continue his and the Phillies recent dominant streak when he takes the hill tonight against Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf.

For more on the Phillies and Brewers, be sure to check out That Balls Outta Here and Reviewing the Brew.

Tags: Antonio Bastardo Arizona Diamondbacks Atlanta Braves Cliff Lee George Kottaras Hunter Pence Milwaukee Brewers MLB NL East NL West NL West Philadelphia Phillies Randy Wolf Raul Ibanez Roy Halladay Ryan Howard Ryan Madson Shane Victorino Shaun Marcum Takashi Saito

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