Ross Clobbers Halladay, Leads Giants to 1-0 Lead

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, October 17, 2010 12:01 AM | Comments: 92
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It had been a long, long time since anyone had seen Roy Halladay give up a hit. Like 20 days long. On this night, he gave up eight of them, including two home runs to eighth-place batter Cody Ross in the Phillies 4-3 loss to the Giants in Game 1.

Halladay looked nowhere near his no-hit form of October 6, and perhaps this time, the long layoff coupled with the brisk conditions may have led to his demise. Those, however, are excuses, which Roy Halladay will not make and did not make following his somewhat-lackluster showing. His line: seven innings, eight hits, four earned runs, no walks, and seven strikeouts.

“Well, I made some bad pitches. First pitch to Ross I don’t think was that bad, but the second one I left the ball over the plate,” said Halladay. At least he stuck around for the accountability. Ryan Howard bolted early, missing the media following his 1-for-4, three strikeout-night.

Ross absolutely owns the Phillies in his career. His two bombs to left field were the second and third of this postseason, with the first one a no-hitter-killer in the second inning. To that point, Halladay had a personal 13. 1/3 inning hitless streak -including the regular season finale against the Nationals – snapped on Ross’s first homer. His second home run in the fifth inning gave the Giants a 2-1 lead, which they would add to one frame later. His regular season numbers against the Phillies are staggering during his career, which includes 13 of his 86 career home runs. He only added to his resume with this showing.

In the sixth, Halladay unraveled a bit as he allowed three two-out hits in succession, putting two more on the board for San Francisco. Buster Posey led off with a single, followed by a Pat Burrell double to left field. Raul Ibanez appeared to have a beat on it as he jumped against the wall, but dropped it. Posey scored, make it 3-1 Giants. Burrell was replaced by pinch-runner Nate Schierholtz who touched home on a Juan Uribe first-pitch single to center field.

After Ross’s first jack, Carlos Ruiz got the crowd back into it almost instantly as he led off the bottom of the second with a home run to right. That home run extended Ruiz’s postseason on-base streak to 24 straight games and added to his silly totals during that stretch. In those 24 games, Ruiz is hitting .338 with six doubles, four homers, and 14 RBI to go with a .495 on-base percentage. Tonight, he needed a little help from his friends but didn’t quite get enough.

In the bottom half of the sixth inning, Jayson Werth would finally make his presence felt, going to the opposite field with a big two-run home run to cut the Giants lead to one. But they would get no more as Ruiz and Werth were the only Phillies to show up.

Giants starter Tim Lincecum left went seven innings, giving up six hits while walking three. His two blemishes were the home runs to Ruiz and Werth. “The Freak” wasn’t freakishly good or unhittable as he allowed several hard hit balls, but he seemed to lock it down when necessary.

Lincecum was aided by poor situational hitting from the Phillies. They finished the night 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position, which on the surface may not seem like much, but against a pitcher like Lincecum, they are big time opportunities gone by the wayside.

Eighth and ninth inning rallies fell short for the Phillies as they stranded a runner on base in each frame. In the eighth, Jimmy Rollins failed yet again in a bit situation, whiffing at heat from Giants closer Brian Wilson. Rollins surely does not look to be the same guy that took this same situation a year ago and led the Phillies to a win.  You’ll recall in Game 4 of the NLCS, Rollins smoked a gapper off of Jonathan Broxton to send the Phillies to a 3-1 series lead. In this one, he swung right through Wilson’s fastball.

In the ninth, Ross Gload and Shane Victorino each struck out with Carlos Ruiz on first base to end what little threat they had going. As a unit, the Phillies left seven men on base, missing several opportunities to overcome the so-so performance from Halladay.

Tomorrow night, they’ll get right back at it with a very tough matchup. Jonathan Sanchez, the lefty feaster will go up against Roy Oswalt. It’s about as close to a must-win as possible.

Here are some photos from Game 1:

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Its not the end of the world.
    The series is on now. There went the cushion for the fightins.
    Must win sun night now.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Your right Andrew but Cody Ross is a sissy. Always has been and will be.
    Howard, Rollins, Ibanez, Victorino all puked tonight. Phils could not put a string together if their life depended upon it.

    Halladay was human, the offense was the same as we’ve seen time and time again, just cannot seem to put together a bunch of hits.

    A must win is an understatement.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    That’s the thing I’m scared of, though… the “must-win” nature of Game 2 –which is the one against that lefty who usually dominates our lineup. We need to somehow get to him, but I gotta say that out of all the matchups that there will be in the series, Game 2 (and probably Game 6) are the least ideal for the Phillies.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I said it before although I did not think it would come right away against our ace – the Phils offense will have a dud game or 2 – thus a long series. Either 6 or 7 games. Now that they beat Doc (with the utility OF Cody Ross, sissy extrodinaire) – this could be sickening.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ Manny
    Agree with you. There is a reason I was big time on telling people why this series wasnt a walk over or steam roller.


    The phillies have won these games the last 2 years. It really is time to do it. I think they beat Sanchez. now they have to.

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    I hate to say this, but this loss is on Halladay.

    He wasn’t that sharp tonight. He wasn’t terrible, but he clearly lost focus after the missed third strike against Burrell. I thought it was a strike, but you can’t dwell on that. Halladay got rattled and gave up two more two-out runs that cost the Phils the game.

    You’ve got to buckle down in that spot and I wonder if that wasn’t some postseason inexperience he showed there.

    Four runs in 7 innings isn’t terrible, but you can’t let your team fall behind 4-1 against Lincecum.

    And, yeah, the offense has been cold. But in this series, against this team, the Phils are going to have to win some games scoring only three runs.

    And tonight their ace let them down.

  • Posts: 0 bostonkate

    I’ve been saying from the get go this will be the hardest team to beat. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised If the giants do take it.

  • Posts: 0 keng

    y would charlie not put valdez on first for ruiz with 1 out in the ninth?? – down by only 1 run with 2 out to go and u obviously need ur absolutely best base runner on first!!! – that may have been the biggest faux pas ive ever seen a major league manager make in a critical playoff situation – any thoughts????

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ keng
    I said the same thing.
    Guys I watch with didnt get it.
    But with 1 out you arent going. with 2 outs you are. I can see the old mans logic. He did put in valdez with 2 outs. In a way I understand.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Gonna give you guys the percentages.
    Coming in Giants are 25% to win series
    Now they are 45% to win the series. If they win tomorrow it jumps to 80% they win the series.
    So even if the phils dont win tomorrow they arent eliminated but it will be tough to overcome.

    Gee seems like Andrew typed till he was blue in the face about how this series is problematic. But I had to go through mounds of dimwits telling me it didnt matter who they played. Just tonight had to read about steam rollers and juggernauts. If the phils win this series I agree they steam roll the Yankees or the Rangers. But winning this series isnt going to be easy.

  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    Giants take this in 6. They gave Halladay a little San Francisco treat and he didn’t like it. He looked mad, so did all those Philly fans that looked shocked. Cody Ross said, “TAKE THAT BEEEEYATCH” and he did it TWICE!

    Giants win series in 6.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    If the phils lose tomorrow Ill be in a pissy mood and explain to everyone how Ross and Pat the bat are more of a threat to the Phillies than A Roid and Texiera. Cause it wont be pretty.

    But for now I am still in a joyous mood. Phils should win tomorrow and win the series. Its what they do.

  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    Yeah, don’t ignore Andrew’s predictions. He gets angry if you do. He’s always right. Don’t believe me? Ask him. He’ll tell you right to your face….errr through the computer screen.

  • Posts: 0 jt

    Roy really did let us down I didn’t expect him to give up 4 runs to the giants…tomrrow is must win we will seeif roy o craps his pants or shuts down this team…if we lose tomorrow this series is pretty much over…..

  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    Cody Ross will win the NLCS MVP. Watch and see.

    Dang Andrew….this prediction stuff is pretty fun.

  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    You guys have to admit though that having a rival fan on here talking smack pumps you guys up even more. See, if Philly wins the series than you have an extra motivation to pump your fists and shove it to the faces of rival fans. It makes things a little funner.

    If I’m right than it makes it a little more aggravating, I would assume.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    For me personaly I was most disappointed tonght in Shane.
    Roy did get squeezed but I am not disappointed in him.
    It was the second game hes pitched since september 27th.
    The layoff was bad.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    And here’s Bravoturd again. Enjoying the Braves off-season?

    I say the Phillies take tomorrow night, two out of three in San Francisco, and the series goes seven, with the Phillies winning at home like they should.

    I was calling for Valdez in the sixth and I called Chooch’s homer. No way was he letting his BFF Roy hang out there.

  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    I agree with Andrew from waldorf. The five days off in a row really showed on the Phils in this game.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ Kate
    I called the Ruiz homer too . Pinky swear LOL. He is a fast ball hitter and Timmy was getting hit kinda hard the first few innings. And Ruiz is that kind of player.

    Charlie isnt yanking Jimmy. I like seeing Valdez in the lineup. I think hes deserved some starts. But its not the way the old man does things.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I didnt think our offense did so bad. This was Lincecum yes we could of capitalize a little bit more. We needed Halladay to pitch a little better. This is going to be a tough serious. We need a momentum swing and we need it now folks.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    bacardi – Victorino, Howard, Ibanez and Rollins – no sustainable offense at all. Hopefully, this was our dud – it may not be our last one of this series but a dud none the less.
    O was out. If Ibanez holds on, this game is ours.
    And Andrew, I’ll put a donut to your dollar about tonights game. I say that both Patsy and Ross wont hit Roy Oswalt.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I stepped out when it was 2-1….i get text saying 4-3…Thought it was 4-3 Phils…then i heard it was Giants 4…i was in total Disbelief that they got 4 off DOC…

  • Posts: 0 SAM

    If Rollins doesn’t step up tonight then I’d sit him for a game or two in favor of Valdez. Rollins is supposed to be the spark on this team. It’s just like the spark plug on your lawn mower. If it doesn’t work …. your lawn mower starts choking or dies so …. you replace it.

  • Posts: 0 sportsphan

    Folks, let’s talk a few facts. Our offense only scored 6 earned runs in the division series. So you can’t assume it’s just one game and they’re going to bounce back. Second, Oswalt was a deer in the headlights in his start in the division series. Tonight is an absolute must win–what do you think he’s going to be like? Third, we do badly against Sanchez. Fourth, Charlie is too loyal to do the right thing and sit Rollins for Valdez. I love the Phillies with all my heart, but I have to look at the facts. It’s the only thing that will keep me from ending up devastated. Don’t be blind. The Giants are going to win this series in 6 and then beat the Yankees. It doesn’t matter what the “breaks” are or the umpire does. We HAVE TO HIT!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Doc wasn’t suffering from “postseason inexperience” as someone above suggested. And he mentioned after the game that the umpire was consistent for BOTH teams. The team …..and the crowd……looked flat last night. Tonight will be different. Oswalt pitches better than his game against the Reds and the Phils scratch out a W.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Sportsphan- if it helps you cope with the stress of the series to say the Giants will win, good for you.

    I admit it, I am in minor angst this morning over the loss. But having been through what I have, I understand that sometimes you have to be in pain to survive, and you can never give up on your guys. I know you love the Phillies, and if your way works for you I guess it’s okay, but don’t push it on me.

    My way is “don’t stop belivieving” even if we lose tonight and the first game in SF, we STILL have a chance. Remember the Red Sox v Yankees, and the Yankees didn’t just win the first three games they dominated them. But the Sox came back and won 4 straight.

    This team is 3-1 in the playoffs in 2010. That’s .750 baseball. Win 3 out of every four from here on out, and we have a PARADE!!!! Don’t stop beliephing!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    As Andrew said last night Chuck, It’s on now! You gotta believe pal, just gotta believe.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Outplayed. Doc pitched well but left two pitches in to Ross that should have been, and were, clobbered. Lincecum was eminently hittable last night but the offense just failed. As they say, the other team gets paid, too. Plus, both pitchers were getting the everlovin shit squeezed out of them and, yes, an average fielding LF makes that play last night.

    Lets get it back tonite.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Michael

    I really have no idea how tonights game is gonna pan out. This team will not win if Ryan Howard is striking out on three pitches, if chase utley is not aiming for the gaps, and if Raul Ibanez is dropping baseballs. Had Raul not dropped that baseball, the inning would have been OVER and we could have possibly won 4-3. I really am just not “feeling” it. this offense is so inconsistent and torturing that I just really have no idea which phillies offense will show up tonight. And by the way, CAN WE PLEASE AT LEAST TRY TO MOVE RUNNERS OVER WITH NO OUTS? THANKS!

  • Posts: 0 George

    Phils may heve been outplayed, but is wasn’t by more than a speck. The Giants didn’t look all that great either, getting a few bloop hits which the Phils didn’t. The biggest problem was three Halladay mistakes that somehow got hit: Ross hit two and Burrell hit the other. Lincecum’s booboos were mostly hit at fielders. I also don’t think an “average” left fielder would have made the catch of Burrell’s double, but a slightly better than average one would have. Ibanez is niether.

    One has to chalk this one up to nothing in particular. Just one of those games.

  • Posts: 0 Eamonn

    Can someone please help me understand what Raul was doing when he did that silly half jump into the wall on Burrell’s gapper? After watching the replay multiple times I’m almost positive that he catches that ball without the stupid jump. Anybody else agree?

  • Posts: 0 Lefty


    Cody Ross spelled backwards-

    Ssory Doc

  • Posts: 0 Adam

    Still not to worried about the series. I mean the Giants scored four runs and were aided by Raul ineptitude at the wall. Here is the one thing I am concerned about: Shane and Jimmy: 0-9 with 5 K’s. They both look awful.

    Also, anyone confused why nobody can Brian Wilson. He throws only outside fastball to both LH and RH. He does not have nasty stuff. This is a guy the Phils should pound.

    With that said, kudos to the Giants for taking Game 1, but I still feel like the Phils will take this series.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Does Pat Burrell make that play?? Seriously….people love to get on Raul all the time…even though I’ve seen him make some pretty spectacular plays in his 2 years here.

    He said that he misplayed it…pure and simple. I’ll bet that if a similiar situation occurs tonight….he makes the play.

    Can’t blame the outcome on any one thing. A few mistake pitches by Doc, some squeezing by the ump (for BOTH sides), poor situational hitting.

    Put it to rest and come out tonight and beat Sanchez.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Lefty……amazing. How did you figure that out? I’m not down on Raul, but average speed is all you need to make that play, IMO. Its nit picking. LF is a place for bad fielders…so.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    One more thing…

    I thank Pat Burrell for his years of service here and for helping the team to a WFC in 2008.


    I will take Raul every single time. Misplayed ball last night and all.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    “Average SPEED”???

    Dipsy, he got to the ball. He just didn’t time his jump properly. In fact, he really probably didn’t have to jump at all.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    The Dipsy- I just googled Cody Ross, and there it was.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Raul’s play should never have even happened, Pat was struck out and got another chance.

    Both Jimmy and Vic hit much better from the right side, and both will be batting that way against the lefty Sanchez tonight.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    We will hit Brian Wilson, he may be slightly better than Broxton, Street, etc. – but not much. We”ll get to him.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Raul’s play- It was bound to happen to us sooner or later, every team in this postseason has had someone make a big mistake in the field. It was a better effort than Jay Bruce, or Brooks Conrad made.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    The more Bochy trots Wilson out there for more than one inning….the more vulnerable he will be.

    Dude sort of reminds me of Randy Myers. Anybody remember that nutcase? Played with army toys and figurines in the bullpen. Gave the manager heart attacks…but was pretty effective though.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Wilson is average and the beard is clownable.
    Especially with their dumb manager using him more than 1 inning and getting him over 30 pitches last night. Thats a nice thing the phils have going for themselves tonigiht.
    Lose tonight and I will still believe. Lose tongiht and game 3 and its over. Tis isnt the sorry ass yankees the Red Sox got to beat 4 in a row.

    I am hoping that some of the arrogance posted here is gone now. Fne to be confident. I still believe the Phillies win the WS. But some of the casual fans guarentees and babble about things like opponents dont matter is one of my pet peeves.

    Te Phillies win tonight because they have to and its what they do. Period.
    If you check last nights game thread before the game I was preparing people for a loss. I would never predict one but I had a feeling. tonight runs the opposite. Like that game they scored 10 on Johan “the cripple” Santana. the Phils step up in these situations normally. If they dont we have serious problems and probably arent winning this series.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Can’t even put the Raul play in the same league with Brooks Conrad’s mistakes. And Jay Bruce is a good outfielder. He lost the ball in the lights and the Phils caught a break.

    Sh*t happens…

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I agree Lefty… I actually like J-roll tonight because he almost hit .300 from the right side this season.. so I’d actually be fine if he stays in the 6th spot.

    Actually, I would even consider sitting Rauuuuuuuul and letting Frisco play. Better defense and a righty bat with some pop against a lefty. Frisco vs lefties this season hit .284 with a .901 OPS. (And you guys know how much I like RAUUUUUUUUL… but we gotta get to Sanchez somehow…)

    Ideally, I’d have Frisco bat 6th, J-roll 7th tonight.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Manny, I doubt the old man would start Ben F. Just because he would think he was messin with Raul’s confidence based on the play at the wall last night. But I get your reasoning.

    Andrew, I would not start Valdez. Maybe the Phillies played their best ball in Sept. with him in the eight hole, but the problem with Jimmy on the bench is he can’t play third like “rocket arm Wilson” can, if we need to replace Polly. And there isn’t anyone else.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Rollins’ career numbers vs. Jonathan Sanchez: 1-for-16 with four Ks and no walks.

    Sureeee… give him some more at-bats by moving him to leadoff!

    /Ends rant

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Thats funny.
    The old man probably thinks he we lost with rollins not hitting first why not?
    Shane owes us. He should be hitting first tonight.

    but the old man has a history of things like this working so what am I to say what to do.

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