Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 8/10/12

Tonight we witnessed Phillies baseball in it’s purest form. The Fightins won 3-1 as Roy Halladay pitched a gem, Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown pieced together a run, Chase Utley delivered a clutch bomb and Jonathan Paplebon scraped together a save.

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The start of tonight’s game was delayed approximately 30 minutes for Mike Lieberthal’s induction ceremony in to the Phillies Wall of Fame. 1993 shortstop Kevin Stocker unveiled the plaque in center field, while Pat the Bat, Lefty, the Bull, Schmitty, Secretary of Defense, Krukker, Larry Bowa and Dallas Green were in attendance. gave the speech only a catcher can give. bowa, kruk interviews. If you’re having a hard time remembering some of Mike Lieberthal’s career highlights, recall he was a Gold Glove Award winner, two-time All-Star and 2002 NL Comeback Player of the Year while playing 12 years in Philadelphia.

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Roy Halladay threw 99 pitches over eight innings and 72 of them were strikes. He was in command all night fanning eight batters while allowing just 2 hits and zero walks. The one run allowed came in the second inning in the form of a solo home run by Carlos Beltran. That was the only blemish on the evening has Doc improved his record on the season to 6-6 with a 3.80 ERA. To his credit, Kyle Lohse pitched well himself, allowing one run over 7 innings with seven strikeouts. The lasted just under two-and-a-half hours.

Glimmers of offense prove enough
With the starters cruising past the seventh inning stretch and the game tied at one, it was unclear how this game was going to end. Rookie manager Mike Matheny pinch hit for Lohse with two outs and nobody one in the eighth. Halladay promptly struck out Mike Carpenter and Barret Browning came in to pitch the bottom half of the inning for the Cardinals. Jimmy Rollins started off the frame with a single. After a balk and sac fly by Juan Pierre, JRoll was on third and Utley was at the plate looking to hit something deep enough to score a run. Boy did he. Chase blasted a clutch 2-run home run into the bullpen in right-center. This was Papelbon’s cue to get loose and preserve the 3-1 lead.

A wacky little ending
Jonathan Papelbon’s 25th save of the season wasn’t without some drama. He allowed a double and single and was faced with runners on the corner with two outs. Before delivering a pitch to David Freese, Paplebon faked a pick off attempt to third base and instead turned to witness Carlos Beltran breaking for second. A quick toss to Jimmy Rollins and the game was over. Phils are out of the basement, at least for now.

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