Halladay Sweep! (21)

In the series finale in San Diego on Easter Sunday, once again the Padres hardly got any offense off the Phillies starting pitching and the Phillies offense got some timely hits.  Roy Halladay was spectacular pitching 8 2/3 innings and allowing only 1 run on 5 hits, 1 walk and tied his career high with 14 punchouts.  He also struck out a string of 6 straight batters from the second out in the 6th inning to the first out in the 8th.  Halladay also retired 16 straight batters from the 3rd inning to the 9th.  With the Phillies having a 3-0 lead going into the 9th, Cameron Maybin led off with a single, then Jason Bartlett forced Maybin out at second.  Chase Headley singled then Ryan Ludwick flew out and Bartlett advanced to third.  Just like 2 outings ago against the Nats, Halladay could not complete the shutout as Will Venable singled to make it 3-1 Phils.  Antonio Bastardo took over and got pinch hitter Nick Hundley to pop out to end the game and for Bastardo to earn his first career save.  The home plate umpire, Mike DiMuro, was the same one who was behind home on Halladay’s perfect game.

For the first 5 innings (except the 2nd and 3rd), the Phillies had some opportunites to score but did not.  Wade LeBlanc allowed 2 hits and 3 walks in the first 5 innings.  However in the 6th, the Phillies started to break through when Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard led off with a single to put runners on the corners, then Ben Francisco drove in Rollins on an RBI single.  John Mayberry followed with a double to score Howard which make it 2-0 Phillies.  LeBlanc intentionally walked Carlos Ruiz to load the bases with no outs, but Michael Martinez hit into a force out to get Francisco out at home and Halladay hit into an inning ending double play.  Shane Victorino led off the next inning with a fly ball to right center field, but it hit off of Will Venable’s glove and went into center field where nobody was.  Victorino flew around the bases for an inside the park home run to make it 3-0 Phillies.

The Phillies are now 22-4 all time at Petco Park and have won 11 in a row.  In that span they outscored the Padres 45-16.  This was the Phillies first 4 game sweep since they swept the Rockies from July 23-26.  The last time the Padres were swept in a 4 game series was April 30 – May 3, 2009 against the Dodgers.  This is the first time the Phillies swept the Padres in a 4 game set since August 25-27, 1997.  The last time the Phillies swept the Padres in a 4 game set in San Diego was May 7-10, 1979.

Now for some bad news: Jose Contreras is on the 15 day DL with a strained right flexor pronator tendon which is inside the elbow.  He will fly back to Philadelphia on Monday to be examined.  Righty Michael Stutes will be called up from Triple A to take his spot.  In 7 games this seaon, he is 2-1, 1.80 with a save.  In 10 innings, he struck out 14 and walked 4.

Odd fact: Ryan Howard got the game winning hit after going 0-4 with 4 strikeouts in the same game.  In the last 10 years that has only happened once and it was to Ryan Howard on September 22, 2007 against the Nats.

P.S. Not only did the Phillies sweep the Padres, but the Flyers and Sixers survived elimination from the Sabres and Heat so Easter 2011 is a “Philadelphia Sweep”!  As for the Eagles, just think about December 19 last year once again…

Boxscore

Caught: 12-1 (13)<-
Missed: 3-5 (8)
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