Halladay Overcomes Groin Pull to Bring Phils Home

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, October 22, 2010 12:44 AM | Comments: 69
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They’re bringin’ it back…back. To Philly…Philly. The Phillies staved off elimination behind a gritty performance from Roy Halladay, beating the Giants, 4-2. If you noticed Halladay laboring throughout, there was good reason; he suffered a minor groin pull in the second inning.

The details are obviously sketchy, as Manuel said he hurt the groin in an at-bat against Buster Posey. However, the Giants catcher batted in the first inning. Halladay reiterated postgame that he indeed injured it in the second. In any case, on the bad-ass meter, thats about an 11. To go out there and beat the Giants who have been red hot with one healthy leg is quite impressive. It was quite noticeable, however, that something was amiss.

Halladay threw (by my unofficial count) just 12 fastballs on the night (excluding cutters). The Doc relied heavily on his offspeed stuff and somehow, someway, it worked. He pushed his way through six innings – throwing 108 pitches, 74 for strikes – allowing two runs on six hits and two walks.

Run support was still lacking for Halladay as the Phillies crossed home four times, three in a huge third inning. In the big third frame, Raul Ibanez got the ball rolling with a single to right field, followed by Carlos Ruiz being pegged on the right arm. With two on and nobody out, things got a little crazy around home plate.

Halladay bunted the ball off home plate, and it was hard to tell if the ball was fair or foul. Buster Posey quickly jumped on it and threw to third, but Pablo Sandoval missed the base and Ibanez was called safe. Halladay, however, did not run after thinking the ball was foul. Sandoval rolled around on the ground for a few seconds but still had plenty of time to throw out Halladay.

Aubrey Huff then allowed the Phils to grab the lead as Shane Victorino ripped one that caromed off the first baseman and into shallow right field, allowing Ibanez and Ruiz to score. Victorino was able to move to second on the error – he then scored on a Placido Polanco single to left field to push the Phils advantage to two.

San Francisco, as pesky as ever, grabbed a run in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Pat Burrell and Cody Ross.

Backtracking to the first inning, an interesting situation occurred with Burrell and Halladay. Doc appeared to stare in at home plate umpire Jeff Nelson after a few questionable calls. Burrell took exception to it and yelled a few obscenities back at Roy, and the stares continued.

Back to Ross; he continues to pillage in the playoffs, knocking in his fifth run of the series. Luckily, those were the only two extra-base for the Giants on the night.

After Halladay came impressive performances from Jose Contreras, J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson, and Brad Lidge. Andres Torres singled off Contreras in the seventh and was the only Giants runner to reach base over the final three innings. Madson was torture on  meat of the order, striking out Posey, Burrell, and Ross in succession.

Before Brad Lidge could come on to close it out, Jayson Werth gave him a bit of breathing room with an incredible opposite field home run. That made it 4-2, which was plenty for Lidge, who put the Giants down in order to send the series back home.

We’ll keep you abreast of the Halladay situation, which is not a hindrance at this point with Roy Oswalt going Saturday and Cole Hamels on Sunday, if necessary.

But I know what you’re thinking; Sunday will be necessary.

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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    The baseball gods smiled on us today. We need them to smile twice more. Even if we lose this i still rather go down with a fight. However, it is possible that we can win take it 1 game at a time.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan


  • Posts: 0 bostonkate

    Halladay is BADASS. To keep going out there and doing what he did is incredible and it shows how badly he wants this.
    I think tons of ballplayers could learn from his humility and work ethic.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    It was 20% chance to win the series coming into today. Its at 38.5% chance now. So I am saying you have a chance.

    Hats off to Big Roy for gutting it out.

    I am keeping it positive the rest of the way. So no comments on utley and Howard.

    Werth is a playoff guy. I am thinking we need him more than we need some other high profile/paid players. I am aboard now. Because with a team like the Phillies or the Yankees its about playoffs more than regular season. We should make the playoffs by osmosis every year. What happens in oct and early nov is the key.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Lying in bed just like disheveled Brian Wilson did.

    The Phils beat him once this series. thats still coming up also.

  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    The Phillies also have to be thankful and motivated that they can play in front of their own fans now again and not have to see and listen to those those crazy San Francisco fans.

  • That’s him,” Shane Victorino said. “I don’t know what word you can put on him. Do you want to use ‘Superhero?’” That works.


  • Posts: 0 biz

    Doc Halladay is the best. Even when he aint got it, he still got it. Yamean?

  • Posts: 0 biz

    Let me say, on Jeff’s behalf: RYAN HOWARD’S CONTRACT.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Howard and Utley are so due at home.
    Both are over paid though.
    I say release them both and put 35 million a year on the table for Werth.

    Werth has so won me over. Even the defensive plays.

    You could see Doc was off. He manned up. Like Werth.
    tie for Howard and Utley to man up. At the bandbox especially.

  • Posts: 0 biz


    They could pay them both 600000000000m…..

    Who would u rather have….?

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ Biz you know I am playing around.

    Werth has won me over on a level that is very high.

    If things continue. Id take Werth over any phillie on the roster. Except Ruiz and Halladay and Hamels and little Roy.

    Utley and Howard 0 RBI.
    Reminds me of last year with bad Cole and Pedro.
    Its game 6 of NLCS with that happening. Its a miracle.

  • Posts: 0 jt

    letting werth go is gonna stink because who will be the righty bat thats a threat in our lineup?i wish we could find a way to move raul and even j-roll and open up payroll to bring werth back.

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    I just don’t see how getting rid of Jroll or Utley would do the Phils any good. Who would replace them? I too saw how terrific Valdez played, but, he is a utility IF for a reason.

    Anyway, I wanted to say that the MVP for this series so far (IMHO) is Ryan Madson. He has been virtually untouchable.

    I also believe that Utley, Howard & Ibanez will open up at home here. Let’s hope so. We need a big offensive outing in at least 1 of these games, 2 would be better.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I have been here all year saying how Werth is gone and its a good thing.
    I didnt expect the entire team except him to tank.
    Its not even about a right handed bat. Its about fire.
    @Brooks if you are going to pay Werth you need to deal a contract.
    Thats all I am saying. If they lose this series a shake up is due and deserved.
    Madson and Lidge both were my #3 MVPs for this year. They have done all that could be asked.

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Lidge was near heartburn in game 2 – Madson has’nt even given me gas

    Well, you know what I mean = )

  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    well. a hurt roy halladay beat a healthy tim lincecum. that’s beast warrior status!!!! they should send his jock strap to cooperstown and hang it next to curt schilling’s bloody sock

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    I will have to admit – this series so far belongs to Werth, Madson and Lidge.

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    2 more wins to go and I’m acting like we won it all – projections run high.

  • Posts: 0 ExcuseHater

    What time is the game on Saturday? If the Rangers finish it tonight, does that change things?

  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    Yes, if the AL series is over tonight the Phillies become the 8:00 game. Otherwise it remains at 3:30.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    Next time your found, with your chin on the ground
    There a lot to be learned, so look around

    Just what makes that little old ant
    Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant
    Anyone knows an ant, can’t
    Move a rubber tree plant

    But he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes
    He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

    So any time your gettin’ low
    ’stead of lettin’ go
    Just remember that ant
    Oops there goes another rubber tree plant

    I’m Ted Bell.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    One down.

    Just focus on the next game.

    PHILS IN 7!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Phillistein


    Phillies in 5

  • Posts: 0 BrewTown PhilsPhan

    Honestly, I did not think we would do enough to beat Lincecum last night. Now that we did (just enough) I actually feel pretty confident about two games in Philly. I don’t care if Oswalt and Hammels are 1-2 for this series so far. Oswalt’s loss is a fluke nothing, his win was huge, and Hammels actually pitched quite well. No way Cain does what he did a second time, so really, we’re set up OK. Everyone says the offense needs to roar to life, and that would be great, but honestly, the way the pitching is going in this series, a few opportunistic runs here and there and we could win this thing without a huge offensive explosion.

    Still think Wednesday night was a shame, but we got back home, so we have reason to be optimistic.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Phillistein, am I missing something with the “Phillies in 5″?? Or are you trying to display some sort of a hidden message?

  • Posts: 0 Phillistein

    Hey – you stick to your predictions and I’ll stick to mine.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    ooooo-k then.

  • Posts: 0 Phillistein

    This from Philly.com

    “Burrell disagreed with the called third strike, and as he was talking to home plate umpire Jeff Nelson, Halladay stared at him while walking off the field.

    Burrell took exception. According to our best lip-reading efforts, the left fielder inquired, “What the (bleep) are you looking at? What the (bleep) are you looking at, mother-(bleeper)?”


    Ol Pat feelin his oats it seems. Later hit a double off Doc but then got owned by Madson in the 8th.

  • Posts: 0 Bob Myers

    Yeah, this was Burrell being a total jerk, with no respect for our Ace.

    Doc’s response was so classy not returning the disrespect at all. By the way, I don’t see Doc swear and use the F word like most of the other players. In fact, last night was the only time I’ve seen him show any feelings while pitching at all.

    JROLL spoke directly to Philly fans last night, telling those at the ballpark on Saturday and Sunday to “give them the business, all of them”.

    That video should be posted on here, and there ought to be a thread of entries on suggestions for different Giants players. Huff was sporting championship thongs before last nights game. Perhaps we need to remind him that his thong was wrong.

  • Posts: 0 Phillistein

    Bob, where did you see the video?

    or was it just an interview after the game?

    MLB.com has some great videos of the game. One of my favorites was Doc’s reaction after Werth threw Ross out at third. That ol boy was PUMPED

  • Posts: 0 biz

    JROLL spoke directly to Philly fans last night, telling those at the ballpark on Saturday and Sunday to “give them the business, all of them”.


    Makes me proud to be from Philly.

  • Posts: 0 biz

    This series is far from over, folks.

  • Posts: 0 Adam

    If Ruben learns anything during this playoff run it is that keeping JWerth is simply imperative. Move Raul if you have to, eat the salary. Do whatever it takes because without him the Phillies have no shot in the playoffs. Give the guy 5/90 million. Keep him happy. He is the key to the entire lineup.

    Halladay’s pitching performance is up there with the Schilling bloody sock game. I mean just think about it, he outdueled an tremendous pitcher and a red hot team on one leg. This guy is from another planet. If they can just find a way to get it to game 7, I like the Phillies chances.

    I am pulling for Texas to win tonight so the Phillies can play at 8 pm instead of 4 pm tomorrow (phils play like crap in afternoon games).

    Gutsy win. So proud to be a fan of this team.

  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Bullpen should get an Honorable Ashburn Mention for the performance last night, especially Madson. He was dealin!

  • Posts: 0 sportsphan

    Several things:
    1. DO NOT THROW ANYTHING AT ANYONE in the bullpen. I’m sick and tired of this city being portrayed as a bunch of thugs. Don’t give them any ammunition.
    2. Sick and tired of hearing Buck and McCarver blather about our lack of hitting. We’ve produced more runs in this series so far than the Giants have. If they’re going to talk about OUR lack of offense, they have to talk about theirs, which, of course, they haven’t.
    3. Sick and tired of Buck and McCarver, period. McCarver is starting to lose it, and Buck hates the Phillies.
    4. I still think that “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is”, but there seems to all of a sudden be a different attitude about this team. I’m not real confident about Oswalt after the way he pitched Wednesday night, but even I, the everlasting nay-sayer, am willing to think there’s a breath, however faint, of hope.

  • Posts: 0 sportsphan

    Also loved what J-Roll had to say, but he didn’t say anything about giving them the business. The direct quote is “Be out there. Let them have it. Let…them…have…it. All of them.” Absolutely fabulous. That’s what I mean that there all of a sudden seems to be a different air about these guys.

  • Posts: 0 Phillistein

    Jayson Werth is palying his last games as a Phillie.

    We’re going to have to start dealing with that fact. Raul, while I love him, is virtually untradable. We would probably have to eat 90% of his salary.

    But………….that’s for the coming months. Biggest game of the year is Saturday.

    Phillies in 5

  • Posts: 0 biz


    Instead of focusing on how Oswalt threw on his tossing day, think back to his start vs Sanchez. He was dealing. He’ll be dealing again.

  • Posts: 0 sportsphan

    Oh, biz, I hope, hope, hope you are right. And for all of you who want to keep Werth, remember all his dry spells where he strikes out with men on base. One of those spells just ended a few days ago. I’ve totally gotten used to the idea of having him gone next year. Time to bring up Brown for good and watch him grow.

  • Posts: 0 biz

    Browns gonna be in RF next year. And There’s going to be a platoon in left with Ibanez and Fransisco.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    “If Ruben learns anything during this playoff run it is that keeping JWerth is simply imperative.”

    I am wondering if Adam felt that way during the regular season when 98% of the fanbase was calling for Werth to be traded??

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    im shocked to find out biz is a greeter at walmart. wow man your tough. your cool. you are da man.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    If that doesn’t get you pumped up, nothing will…

  • Posts: 0 Chuck


    I was thinking the same thing last night when I saw the interview with Leslie Gudel.

    Feelin’ good.

    PHILS IN 7!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    As painful as it has been for us, this has been a very entertaining series. I can’t wait until this weekend.

    Buck pisses me off… he kept coming back to the bunt that should have been called foul but he never mentioned that the call actually favored the Giants. If Sandoval turns around and steps on the bag, that’s a double play. But Buck inserts his douchery and tries to make a missed call be the story line. The call was wrong in their favor… we made it work for us.

    Ibanez redeemed himself last night… big game for Raul.

    Victorino deserves a lot of credit for how hard he played- getting to second on that Huff error was a key play in the game.

    Werth’s HR gave Lidge breathing room and it made the batters have to sit back and look at strikes. Instead of thinking, “One swing can tie it up.” They’re thinking, “I’ve gotta get on base.” Werth’s HR essentially spotted Lidge a strike to every batter.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Let’s give a tip of the hat to our bullpen, especially Ryan Madsen and Brad Lidge, who was lights-out in the ninth. I am very optimistic with the Phils back in Philly this weekend. GO PHILS !!!!!

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