2:05 PM ET, September 14, 2011
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Roy Halladay gives up just six hits as Phillies clinch playoff berth
HOUSTON -- No champagne. No wild celebration. The Philadelphia Phillies are back in the postseason for the fifth straight year, and that's exactly what they expected.Roy Halladay pitched his 20th career shutout and Philadelphia became the first team to reach the playoffs this season with a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.The NL East leaders clinched at least a wild-card berth and will take another run at a ring in October. Philadelphia won the World Series in 2008 and took the NL pennant in 2009.
The Phillies are 17-24 at Minute Maid Park. ... The Astros are 32-21 against Philadelphia since 2004, the best record of any NL team against the Phillies. ... The Astros currently have 16 rookies -- 10 pitchers and six position players. ... Philadelphia clinched a playoff spot in a franchise-best 146 games. The 1915 Phillies did it in 147 games.
Regular Season Series
|1st||P Polanco singled to center, S Victorino scored, P Polanco to second advancing on throw.||1||0|
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|Stadium||Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX|
|Attendance||20,027 (47.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|
Roy Halladay throws his first shutout of the season (20th of career) and wins his 18th game. He is the first Phillies pitcher to win 18+ games in back-to-back seasons since Steve Carlton in 1979 and 1980.[+]
Most Consecutive 18+ Win Seasons, Phillies Last 50 Seasons
The Phillies beat the Astros 1-0 earlier this afternoon. The last time the Phillies beat the Astros 1-0 was July 26, 1983. The losing pitcher that day was Nolan Ryan.
This will now be the 5th consecutive season in which the Phillies have made the postseason. That extends a franchise record. The Phillies have made the postseason as many times from 2007-11 (5) as they did from 1883 to 1978 (5). Most Consecutive Seasons Making Postseason Phillies Franchise History 5 2007-11 3 1976-78 2 1980-81
Roy Halladay threw his 20th career shutout in a 1-0 win over the Astros on Wednesday. Since MLB expanded the postseason to include a wild card team in each league in 1994, Halladay is one of three pitchers with at least 20 shutouts.[+]
Roy Halladay went the distance for the 66th time in his career has he struck out 7 without allowing a run vs the Astros. It was also Halladay's 20th career shutout... most among active pitchers and 6 more than Chris Carpenter.[+]
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