The race for the National League East championship ended where it started: in Washington, DC with Roy Halladay on the mound in front of an adoring fan base that made the trip to Citizens Bank Park South to see their ace do something special.
He didn’t disappoint.
The Phillies clinched their fourth consecutive division title last night as the bats reemerged to support Halladay’s brilliant 97-pitch, two-hit, complete game shutout.
Roy’s dominant performance ensured that his dream of playing meaningful baseball in October will finally come to fruition. It was a dream that seemed unlikely on July 21, as the then oft-injured and underachieving Phils were seven games out of first and only two games above .500.
But they preservered. Backups stepped up, starters got healthy, and another ace was brought into the fold. Once left for dead, the Phillies came roaring back and won twenty games in September. They now own the best record in baseball and control their own destiny.
Congratulations Fightins. You’ve made us proud.
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