Game 53 - Friday Night, June 4th in Philadelphia
It's good to be home! The Phils defeated the NL-best Padres last night behind the pitching of Roy Halladay and a 2-run home run from Shane Victorino. Following his perfect performance of last Saturday night, Halladay was tagged for 10 Padres hits in his 7 innings of work, but he worked out of jams all night and came away with his 8th win of the season. Victorino's homer came in the 3rd after Halladay had singled. It was the first time in recent memory the Phils had actually led a ballgame. Jayson Werth worked a bases-loaded walk in the 5th for the team's third and eventual winning run.
Following Halladay's departure, former interim closer Jose Contreras came on to work the 8th. He loaded the bases, but escaped trouble by inducing a 5-3 double play ground out. Newly reappointed closer Brad Lidge worked a perfect 9th for his 2nd save of the season. It was nice to see Brad, and his slider, back in action in the closer's role.
Ex-Phillies News: The newly trim Matt Stairs, now with the Padres, received his 2009 NL Championship ring in a pre-game ceremony. Former Phillie, and Phillies Room favorite, Juan Samuel lost his first game as a big league manager, as the Orioles lost to the Red Sox, 11-0. Samuel replaced ousted O's manager Dave Trembley on an interim basis. Pat Burrell was just recalled by the Giants to help bolster their bench. Now wearing #9, Burrell will occasionally join fellow former Phillie Aaron Rowand in the Giants' outfield. The Giants will visit Philadelphia in mid-August.