33 games in 31 days: Game #2: The Phils offense hits four home runs in support of Roy Halladay as they crush the Reds, 9-0.

The Phils’ offense hits four home runs in support of Roy Halladay, as they crush the shellshocked Reds, 9-0.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his twenty-eighth home run on the year, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, and his sixth home run as a Phil. Four batters later, after the Phils had loaded up the bases via singles by Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz, and a force out attempt fielding error by third baseman Miguel Cairo as he muffed a Wilson Valdez grounder, being unable to force out Ruiz at second base, while Ibanez would stop at third base, and Valdez would reach first base, and with still one man out, Roy Halladay would hit a bases clearing double, scoring Ibanez, Ruiz and Valdez, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. The Phils then took an 8-0 lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Pence, who had earlier singled. The Reds tried to get onto the scoreboard in their half of the seventh as they loaded up the bases via a Joey Votto double, Jay Bruce being hit by a pitch, and then a walk to Drew Stubbs, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, before Halladay got out of trouble by first striking out Todd Frazier, looking, for out number two, and then getting Ryan Hanigan to hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Stubbs at second base, to end the inning. The Phils added to their lead in the ninth as, with one man out, Howard hits a solo home run, his twenty-ninth home run of the season, and his second home run of the night, making it a 9-0 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Michael Schwimmer pitched a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.47) pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Brad Lidge and Michael Schwimmer combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit apiece) and a walk (Lidge), while striking out two (one each) between them. Bronson Arroyo (8-11, 5.13) took the lost as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Logan Ondrusek pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out a batter. Sam LeCure pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, knocking in two runs. Ryan Howard (Home Runs, 3 RBIs) and Hunter Pence (Single, Home Run, RBI) followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Double), Chase Utley (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Roy Halladay (Double, 3 RBIs), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (85-46, 1st East) will continue their series with the Reds (67-68, 3rd Central) with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at the Great American Ball Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.71), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 22, as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 10-0 rout. He will be going for win no. 15, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Phils will counter with Dontrelle Willis (0-3, 4.10), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on August 26, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 4-3 win. He’ll be trying to stop the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be out to give Lee another win in August.

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