Roy Halladay picked up his 19th win of the season as the Philadelphia Phillies completed the sweep of the Florida Marlins after their 10-5 win on Wednesday night. They have now won 16 of their last 20 games and hold on to a three-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
The Phillies wasted no time on offense against the Marlins, scoring three runs in the first inning thanks to a RBI single by Jayson Werth and a two-run double by Raul Ibanez. By the end of the fourth inning, Philadelphia already established an 8-2 lead for Halladay—who lasted six innings while allowing three runs and nine strikeouts.
Ibanez—who finished 3 for 5—was nothing short of amazing for the Phillies, driving in two runs while scoring twice on his own after going hitless against the Marlins the first two games of the series. He helped the Philadelphia build an early lead after hitting a double in the first inning and hit two more singles later in the game.
With a six-game home-stand coming up against the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves, the Phillies will enjoy a much deserved day off on Thursday. Once again, they continue to play some of their best baseball during the month of September and have Philadelphia fans excited about making another run at their fourth-straight postseason appearance.
-Wilson Valdez went 3 for 5 while driving in two runs
-Gaby Sanchez went 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Marlins
-Halladay now has 210 strikeouts, placing him in third behind Jered Weaver (218) and Felix Hernandez (214) for the best in majors.