Wolf Packs A Punch To Houston In 2-0 Win

Randy Wolf has given his fans in "the pack" a lot to howl about this season. The 26 year old lefty tied ace Kevin Millwood for the team lead in wins with a five-hit shutout Saturday night at The Vet. Of course, we knew the Phillies would win, since they're undefeated on Saturdays this season. The win gave the Phillies a three-game winning streak and sent the Astros to their second straight loss after having the Phils snap a seven-game win streak that Houston brought along to Philly.

There were no mammoth homeruns like in Friday night's Phillies win. Heck, there were barely hard hit balls Saturday night as the Phillies beat Houston 2-0 behind Randy Wolf (5-2).

Wolf allowed five hits and walked just one batter, picking up a complete game shutout. Wolf threw 113 pitches, 77 of which were strikes to beat the Astros and Wade Miller (1-4). The outing also pushed Wolf's ERA down to 2.92 on the season. Miller's night didn't last long as he left after Jim Thome lined a ball off his right thigh in the first inning. Miller is listed as day-to-day with a bruised right thigh.

Mike Lieberthal took his best start ever to new heights, going 2-for-4 including a first inning RBI single off reliever Brandon Puffer that gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Lieberthal is now hitting .357 this year with 18 RBI. The Phillies picked up their first run on a leadoff walk to Jimmy Rollins, who went to second on a ground ball from Placido Polanco and scored on an RBI single by Bobby Abreu. The Phillies picked up three hits in the first inning and just three more through the rest of the game. All of the Phillies hits were singles and four of the five Houston hits were also singles. The only extra-base hit of the night was a double by Craig Biggio.

The Astros and Phillies will finish their three-game series Sunday afternoon at Veterans Stadium with Vicente Padilla (3-4, 3.97) going against Kirk Saarloos (0-0, 18.00). After an off-day Monday, the Phillies will welcome Curt Schilling and the Arizona Diamondbacks into The Vet for a three-game series starting Tuesday night.


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