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Week in Review
- Updated: September 7, 2013
As Labor Day passes by and fans turn their attention to football, non-competitive often takes a back seat. With the Philadelphia Phillies sitting 21.5 games out of first place, this sort of situation is not one that Phillie fans have been accustomed too these last five years.
Nonetheless, they followed up a series loss against the Washington Nationals with a solid victory Friday night against the division leading Braves.
Cliff Lee got the call, and tossed eight strong innings. He struck out 10 and allowed only one run on two Atlanta hits. Though his team only managed four hits on the night, the big blow was a two run home run from rookie third baseman Cody Asche.
Jonathan Papelbon nailed down the ninth inning to save the 2-1 win.
The Phillies did show the heart that helped win them five straight NL East titles on Labor Day Monday, with a come from behind win against Washington.
They put together a two out rally to tie and win the game on doubles by Jimmy Rollins & Carlos Ruiz. They took the lead and Papelbon again made it stick in the ninth inning for a holiday victory.
The Phils would go on to lose the next two games, the latter of which was started by Roy Halladay.
While he would not factor in the decision, he did pitch six innings and allowed one run on six hits. He did walk five batters, but also struck out five. He was a bit wild, but looked much better than his previous start at Wrigley Field.
He kept them in the game, and with the way this season has gone, that’s all they can ask of him. A mediocre Roy Halladay is better than a bad fifth starter on any day of the week.
All told, the Phils have a chance to take a series from their first place foes, and even finish with a .500 week against the National League East.
Kyle Kendrick gets the start tonight against southpaw Robert Wood for Atlanta.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
Photo Courtesy of RadioBoston.wbur.org