Gameday: Phillies (27-20) at Marlins (24-25)

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, May 29, 2010 06:10 PM | Comments: 136
2010 Gameday, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (27-20) at Florida Marlins (24-25)

Florida Marlins

Roy Halladay (6-2, 2.22 ERA) at Josh Johnson (5-1, 2.43 ERA)

Time: 7:10, Sun Life Stadium
Weather: Scattered Storms, 86
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: @philliesnation

Although the Phillies scored just 3 runs last night, they escaped with their first victory of the week taking the opener from the Marlins. They look to continue the run-scoring carousel with a win in balmy Miami, where we’re likely to see some rain tonight.

Fortunately, the Phils have their ace starting, even though he is coming off his worst start of the season in which he coughed up eight hits, seven runs and two walks in just 5 2/3 innings. The silver lining however is that Halladay only threw 99 pitches, so he should be well rested for tonight’s game. Last season after throwing back-to-back complete games, he lasted just lasted 3 innings in an interleague match against the Fish – he left after 43 pitches with a sore groin. Roy boy beat the Marlins earlier this season, going 8 innings allowing two runs on eight hits.

Pitching for the Marlins will be Josh Johnson, one of the team’s most reliable starters. Johnson will be looking to close out the month with another low-scoring appearance. He has allowed just 6 runs in five starts in May and is riding a 18+ inning scoreless streak….Just what Phillies fans want to hear…and in case you haven’t noticed, the Phillies haven’t hit a home run since Russ Gload’s lame duck shot on Sunday.

It would be a bit of an overstatement to say the Phillies offense broke out of their slump last night, but they certainly showed signs of improvement. As was noted in the Mets series, the Phillies were not moving runners to help their scoring chances. Last night witnessed Chase Utley’s second stolen base of the season as well as well-timed double steal that helped secure the winning run. After leading the NL in swipes last season, the Phils currently sit 13th in the league; and there’s more to blame than just Jimmy Rollins’ injury.

After shifting around the lineup last night, here’s Charlie Manuel’s scorecard for tonight:

Tonight’s Lineup: Victorino CF, Valdez SS, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Castro 3B, Halladay P


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On this warm Memorial Day weekend, good beer is a must. I’ve always like Hoegaarden, which can be enjoyed in small sips with good food. It flows smooth and tastes like citrus. Have some barbecue chicken with it. – By Tim


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  • Posts: 0 trini

    F*in A right!!!! woooooo hooooo. woooooot

  • Posts: 580 Brian Michael

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  • Posts: 0 Nunzio Scholeri


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    Roy gives all the credit to Chooch. Classy.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I’ve been thinking “perfect game” since about the 5th inning, but I didn’t dare say it! I hated myself for even thinking it, for fear it might jinx it.

  • Posts: 0 Choo Choo Coleman

    This is absolutely fantastic! Don’t forget to also give Ruiz his due credit.

  • Posts: 0 TAR

    I tinkled in my underpants.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    And when TMac started saying “no-hitter,” I thought, at least he’s not saying “perfect game.” But then in the 9th he started saying “perfect game” and I thought it was over…

  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Congrats Roy!

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  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Unbelievable perfect

  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Tracey same thing. After 5 I was like wow he might do this. I’m not very superstitious but I knocked on wood about every 5 seconds. But the way he was pitching I just had a feeling he was going to do it.

  • Posts: 0 The Real Jeff

    WOW…..He steals the spotlight on the Flyers. Maybe this will boost our offense,.

  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Wonderful performance….history making….move over Jim Bunning, Don Larsen….here comes Roy Halladay.

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    I hope this has a galvanic effect on the Phils’ offense. Simply superlative for Halladay.

  • Posts: 0 Katre

    The best!! What a great game. And to think it was the backup guys in the left side of the infield who made some great plays! Congratulations, Phils and Roy Halladay!!!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Jeff: Yeah, somebody on twitter wondered how tomorrow’s papers are going to cover this. Who gets top billing: Halladay’s perfect game, or Flyers winning (I hope…) the first game of the Stanley Cup finals?

    Either way, it’s a great day in Philly sports history!

  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Almost makes you forget they only scored one run :)

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  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Searched twitter for “perfect game.” Over 1000 tweets in the last 5 minutes, and rapidly increasing.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Wikipedia’s still having fun digesting the new info. It’s listed already in the entry on Perfect Game. Under Braden’s PG, it says, “This game [Braden's PG] came 290 days after Buehrle’s, the shortest period between modern-day perfect games until Roy Halladay’s perfect game 20 days later.”

  • Posts: 0 The Real Jeff

    4 4 hockey. no d

  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    I tip my Mets cap to Roy Halladay.GREAT performance with perfection.What next…the Cliff WHO chants? lol OH and my Amazins losing 8-6

  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Also have to thank marlins center fielder for the error.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I haven’t followed hockey in a long time — are these high-scoring games typical today? I remember hockey scores being mostly 1s and 2s.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @glutenous: Good point. If it weren’t for that error, we might still be playing!!!

  • Posts: 0 The Real Jeff

    That was amazing to watch. Roy Halladay was just incredible tonight. Thank you Roy. I will share this day with my son when he gets older and understands. I just got to watch history.

  • Posts: 0 NYC Philly

    I’m in NYC and had the gamecast up on ESPN. I thought to myself after the 6th inning, ya know if he keeps this up through 7 MLB channel will probably broadcast it. Sure enough, Halladay did his part, and MLB held up their end of the bargain and showed final 2 innings. awesome awesome awesome awesome

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @NYC: Glad you got to see some of it!

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    My heart pooped, as well.

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I missed it……watching the Flyers. I am SO bummed, I sent an e-mail to csnphilly BEGGING them to rebroadcast.

    Way to go Roy!

  • Posts: 0 Brian

    Your wish has been granted !! They are replaying the game right now on Comcast !! I already set the DVR !!

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Noooooo..I missed it again!

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