Phillies 9, Reds 0
Game 131 - Tuesday Night, August 30th in Cincinnati
One Sentence Summary: The Phils cruised to an easy win over the Reds on the arm of Roy Halladay and the bat of Ryan Howard.
What It Means: The Phillies are now 85-46. With the Braves losing against the Nationals, they've opened up a 7 1/2 game lead in the East. They are eight games ahead of the Brewers in the loss column for the best record in the National League.
What Went Right: Halladay (16-5) pitched seven masterful innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out nine. He added a three-run double in the sixth to help his own cause.
Howard hit two home runs, giving him 29 on the year and 102 total RBIs. By passing the century mark in RBIs, Howard became the first Phillie to have six consecutive 100-RBI seasons. He had previously been tied with Hall of Famer Chuck Klein, who reached the 100-RBI mark in five consecutive seasons. Hunter Pence and Raul Ibanez also homered for the Phillies.
Featured Card: It's hard to believe we're already approaching the one-year anniversary of Halladay's N.L.D.S. no-hitter against the Reds back on October 6, 2010. I recently paid my postseason ticket invoice, and I'm already looking forward to hopefully seeing some Phillies postseason baseball for the fifth season in a row.