Victorino Was Key in Phillies Win Over Dodgers
After being suspended for three games, Shane Victorino was still able to play tonight against the Dodgers as he appealed the ruling. And that turned out to be a very good thing for the Phillies.
Going 3-for-5 in the game, Victorino scored three times and hit a key home run in the 8th inning to give the Phillies a 2-run lead late in the game.
The energy Victorino brought to the game was crucial on a night where both starter Roy Halladay and the Phillies bullpen encountered some issues. While Halladay allowed only one run, he struggled to get through 6 1/3 innings and had a lot of baserunners.
The bullpen took over with a 4-1 lead that quickly dwindled down to just a 4-3 lead by the end of the eighth inning. Michael Stutes allowed two runs and also committed a throwing error before Brad Lidge was brought in to take over. Lidge was shaky as well, walking one batter and giving up a hit. But he redeemed himself by fielding a tough bunt and making a glove toss to first to end the inning.
In that same inning, the Dodgers were called for interference as Juan Rivera ran Chase Utley over who was trying to field a ground ball. They may have had a double play, but it did not matter once Lidge made the final out.
After the Victorino homer, the Phillies were leading by a score of 5-3 in the ninth. Ryan Madson was brought in for the save, but Madson had not pitched since 8/1 as he left the team to see the birth of his fourth child. Madson was a bit rusty, but he nailed the save.
Game two with the Dodgers is another late one; 10:10pm Tuesday night with Cliff Lee on the mound.
FYI – Placido Polanco had an MRI today and was diagnosed with a mild sports hernia. He will receive and injection, but may still require surgery. I will have more on that as the news comes.
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