Wednesday, August 25, 2010

2010 Topps Heritage #77 J.A. Happ

Astros 3, Phillies 2
Game 126 - Wednesday Night, August 25th in Philadelphia

Tonight in Philadelphia, the Phillies' Roy Halladay squared off against the Astros' J.A. Happ in what promised to be an intriguing pitching match-up.  Happ of course was traded to Houston in July as part of the deal that brought pitcher/left fiedler Roy Oswalt to town.  The Astros struck first on a Hunter Pence solo home run in the 4th and Jayson Werth countered with a solo home run of his own in the 5th.  Both home runs were the first hits allowed by each of the starting pitchers.

Moments later, the Astros took the lead back when ex-Phillie and Phillie Killer Michael Bourn launched his second home run of the year into the right field stands.  The same pattern repeated itself when the the Phils tied it up in the 6th (Placido Polanco RBI-double) but the Astros retook the lead in the 7th (Humberto Quintero RBI-single).  Unfortunately for the Phils, both teams were finished scoring for the night.

A scoring opportunity was wasted in the 7th when Ben Francisco leaned too far off the 3rd base bag and was picked off by catcher Humberto Quintero.  (No word as to whether or not Brett Myers was making faces at Francisco from the Astros' dugout.)  In the end, Happ outdueld Halladay, and the Phils managed only 7 hits against Happ and 4 Astros' relievers.  The team will stumble into the series finale tomorrow afternoon, hoping to salvage at least one game of the 4-game set before heading off to the distant West Coast.

Depressing Tweet of the Night:  Via Todd Zolecki - If this score holds, Phillies will have scored two or fewer runs in six of their last seven games.

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