This time, Roy Halladay didn’t have to be perfect, mainly because Shane Victorino ended an offensive swoon that has afflicted many of his Phillies teammates.
Victorino went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored as the Phillies ended a four-game losing streak with Friday’s 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park.
In his previous 15 games, Victorino had scored one run. He was batting .176 (9 for 51) with one RBI in his previous 13 games.
“You can’t sit back and worry about it,” Victorino said about his recent slump. “I can say I was frustrated, but if something like this can jump-start our offense and we can keep going and score runs, then that is what we’re supposed to do.”
Another encouraging sign was a scoreless ninth inning by Brad Lidge, who struck out two to earn the save.