PHILADELPHIA (AP) - There's just something about facing Roy Halladay this season that makes the San Diego Padres play above their spot in the standings.
On Saturday, for the second time this season, the last-place Padres managed to score enough runs off the two-time Cy Young Award recipient, winning 2-1.
"Whenever you come in here you know you're getting good pitchers against you, there's no doubt about it. He's one of the best I've seen over the last 10 years," San Diego manager Bud Black said of Halladay.
John Baker and Dale Thayer celebrate after the final out of the San Diego Padres’ 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
"When you eke out a win against him in their park, it says something about how we played and how we pitched. You know, (Edinson) Volquez matched him inning for inning and then we got a couple of big hits in the seventh."
St. Anthony High School graduate Shane Victorino had three hits, including a double, and stole a base. He has hits in 11 of his last 12 games.
Volquez (2-2) pitched six effective innings. Pinch hitter Jesus Guzman's sacrifice fly in the seventh drove in the go-ahead run.
"I'm a little bit sick. I had to take a lot of pills to pitch in the game," said Volquez, who added that he took 17 pills throughout the day to fight his illness. "When I woke up today I thought I wasn't going to pitch. I did a good job, six innings, just one run. A tremendous game. (Halladay) also pitched an excellent game."
Halladay (3-3) struck out a season-high 10 batters, but is winless in his last five starts, the longest stretch in his Phillies career.
"You just keep going out there. My job is to keep the game close and give us a chance," said Halladay, who also took the loss when the Padres beat the Phillies 5-1 on April 21. "You can't get caught up with personal losses."