Phillies 5, Padres 3
Game 112 - Sunday Afternoon, August 9th in San Diego
Record - 45-67, 4th Place, 14 1/2 games behind the Mets
One Sentence Summary: Jerome Williams pitched his best game of the season, and the Phillies completed the sweep with a 5-3 win over the Padres.
What It Means: The Phillies are a Major League best 16-5 since the All-Star break and they're now 19-19 under interim manager Pete Mackanin. They'll open a three-game series against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix late tonight.
What Happened: Ryan Howard started the scoring with an RBI double in the first. Odubel Herrera added a solo home run in the sixth and Cesar Hernandez knocked in a run with a single in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Chase Utley hit a huge two-out, two-run single in the eighth to give the Phillies a few much needed insurance runs. He even flashed bull horns (a celebratory gesture originating from Herrera) and smiled a little when he reached second.
Featured Card: After his last outing, I wondered if Williams would have a rotation spot in August. He proved me wrong by scattering five hits over seven innings and allowing just one run.
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