Philadelphia Phillies Ace Roy Halladay allowed six scattered hits through nine innings, striking out the game’s final two batters in six pitches to lead his team past the Washington Nationals 3-2 Wednesday night at Nationals Park. The 13-year veteran shutout the Nats all the way until the bottom of the ninth, letting up a pair of RBI singles to Laynce Nix and Danny Espinosa before closing the game himself. “It may be naive, but I never felt in trouble,” said Halladay. “I felt like it was just a matter of making good pitches. There was never a panic or rush feeling.”
Ben Francisco grounded out to shortstop in the top of the fourth for Jimmy Rollins to score to give Philadelphia the initial one-run advantage. Placido Polanco then singled to shallow center in the fifth to score Wilson Valdez. Halladay scored Philadelphia’s final run later that inning courtesy of Washington starter John Lannan beaming Ryan Howard.
The 8-3 Phillies will matchup with the Nationals once more this Thursday before welcoming the Florida Marlins to Citizens Bank Park for three games over the weekend. Philadelphia Phillies tickets are now available!