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 Phan in the outfield

    sportsphan, Phillistein & biz: I hope you’re wrong about Werth’s time as a Phillie. I still think they’ll work it out. I think RAJ would be wrong not to. I also think it would be bad for the team if they didn’t find a way to work it out. But I’ve said that before. And you’ve made your thoughts clear before. Why is this constantly in discussion? Brown isn’t ready to be RF or take Werth’s place in the line-up. As for dry spells – the entire team has dry spells. Victorino’s day-to-day is dry/wet/dry/wet. Don’t get me started w/Ibanez. Howard is in a “dry spell” now – no RBIs in the playoffs. And he didn’t do anything in the playoffs last yr either. Stats that not many point to. Why are these acceptable for one player & not another?

    Did anyone hear them say that Charlie has never lost a game 5? Never heard that one before. I might’ve felt mildly better if they’d told us that prior to game 5.

    JAY – I’m happy someone else hates that park as much as I do. If we never play there again, it’ll be too soon.

    Werth’s interviews on FOX & MLB after the game were funny. He seemed relieved even though he was trying to look cool. He said the same thing on both channels — he deflected attention from the HR & talked about how they were going ‘… to hop the bird; get back to Philly; back to our park; back to our fans; and work on the next game.’

    Halladay was funny too. That twerp Rosenthal asked about ‘… the words you had with Burrell’. Doc had a tiny smirk and said, ‘Pat had words. I just looked over to see what was going on.’ He’s good.

  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    Bart’s right – the bullpen was fantastic last night. Madsen & Lidge were just possessed. It was a thing of beauty.

  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    Seems everyone is back on the bandwagon. Really folks, now Werth is untouchable? I remember all the posts about RIPS earlier this year. Too many of you run hot and cold depending on the last game or two. Fortunately we have professional management in Amaro and Manuel who know that baseball is a game of failure – you have to view the long-term value and then play the percentage.

    As I said the other day, re Ibanez, don’t walk away from a slot machine because you always lose, it will pay out soon.

    Same goes for Howard and Utley. By the way, Howard is doing fine in BA, he can’t drive in runners that are not on base.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Chuck- I like it!

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    OCP- Thanks I hadn’t heard what Jimmy said, it’s much more impactful to hear than then just reading it.


  • Posts: 0 Bacardipr05

    Man i really want the Phils to win this..but its highly unlikely…yea Werth sucked all year w RISP…however he is the only one d oing much in the playoffs..even our secret weapon Chooch has been quiet…a .190 team average is going to cut it unless Contreras is doing some type of Vodoo an the gods smile on us…

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Bob in Bucks- I am one of the most vocal supporters of Ryan Howard on this site. Jay knows it, Biz, chuck, everyone.

    But it really is time for our cleanup batter to come up big. Forget the historical stats, we need him right now. It’s true that he has not had many opportunities to knock in runs, but he has left 9 baserunners on in 8 games. Not horrible if it were regular season, but also not acceptable in the postseason. He’s a star and he needs to shine.

    I believe in him, and believe he will snap out of it, but right now I can’t defend his lack of production, we need him NOW.

  • Posts: 0 Eamonn

    Phan in the outfield, your quote

    “Howard is in a “dry spell” now – no RBIs in the playoffs. And he didn’t do anything in the playoffs last yr either.”

    might need to be re-thought. I realize that he hasn’t been able to do anything with runners on base this year but last year, he started the postseason with with rbi’s in at least 8 straight games. We’ve all seen the kind of production that can come from Howard so maybe a little paitence will pay off. I surely hope so.

  • Posts: 0 Phillistein

    Phan – nothing would make me happier than to see Werth out there next year. I just don’t see it happening – unless the Phillies are prepared to go over $150 Million. And EVERYTHING thats come out of the organization implies that they’re NOT.

    Werth’s numbers aside – I’ve always felt that there is a great deal to be said for team chemistry – and clubhouse environment. And I think Werth is a big contributor to that chemistry. So, aside from his cannon for an arm, power threat from the right side and ability to steal bases, among other things – his presence has, I believe, has meant a great deal to the run this team is on.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Forget next year- let’s win tomorrow and win on Sunday. That’s how you keep players around. It’s all about winning…


  • Posts: 0 Manny


    haha Awesome!

  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    JAY: lol, well I don’t know about an earthquake, but that place gives ME the quakes. I think we should try & talk Wes Craven into doing a horror movie shoot there and make the rest of the world hate that place too. Maybe then they’ll feel compelled to tear the place down er something.

    Bob in Bucks: I was never off the bandwagon. Been there since I was small, only I used be crying on that bandwagon.

    Eamonn: Please re-read. I said Howard hasn’t had RBI’s in the PLAYOFFS because he hasn’t. He also had the same problem this time last yr. Please look it up. This has nothing to do with my thoughts and everything to do with his stats. That’s all. I wasn’t talking about his SEASON.

    Maybe take some of your own advice. If we’re going to discuss using patience, then I think patience should be used across the board, for all the players. It wasn’t used at all for Werth this summer. I refer you to Bill Baer’s article “The Werth Hate Fest Continues” at http://www.crashburnalley.com You’ll find it noted as the site’s top article on the right-side scroll bar. He boils down the treatment Werth received at the hands of sports writers & fan bloggers alike this summer very well.

  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield


  • Posts: 0 Chuck

  • Posts: 0 biz

    “Howard is in a “dry spell” now – no RBIs in the playoffs. And he didn’t do anything in the playoffs last yr either.”


    No one batting in front of him has an average higher than .200 in the post season. He can’t drive in runners that aren’t there.

    As for last year, he didn’t hit much in the WS, but he did set the post season record for consecutive games with an RBI and he did win the NLCS MVP award. Both feats are pretty hard to do if you’re “not doing much”

  • Posts: 0 charlie

    I feel good being back in So. Philly where it will be rockin’ I believe that we have the EXPERIENCE to win 2 elimination games before our fightin’ fans. Timely hitting and pitching. The Giants will have the tightness in the posterior and Sanchez and Cain ain’t ever had to pitch with so much on the line.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Give him the Biz… Biz.

    Let… them… have… it.

    ALL OF THEM. Fo’ real.


  • Posts: 0 handley11

    wow, i love doc so much, he doesn’t wimp out when he pulls a muscle, and he doesn’t let us down. he, in one word, is invincible.

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