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 krukdriver

    Whether third or short, Wilson should play. He proved his worth to this team when things looked the bleakest, and Manuel should not be afraid to use him.

    If the Gods of Baseball have annointed Cody Ross the blessed one for the 2010 playoffs, so be it. Pitch around him.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    The key for Oswalt tonight is to bring his A-Game and realize that Chooch has nothing BUT A-Game.

    I wasn’t seriously wanting Jimmy lifted last night, but I have to admit I missed Valdez a little bit.

    Like I’ve been saying to all my friends, we need to make it past the Giants to get to the Yankees or Rangers. I was the only one in my group who wasn’t completely shocked by the loss last night.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ pitching around the Giants 8 hitter

    But I am on record also saying Valdez deserves a few starts. Thus far in the playoffs his only start the phillies won.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Someone in the advanced scouting dept. had the book wrong on Cody Ross. No way Chooch/Doc calls for those balls low inside in the zone if he’s told not to.

    Heads will roll!!! :)

    “Just say no” to JRoll leading off Cholly, please?

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    If you want to get JRoll going, slip him to 7th or 8th, get him mad.

    I like when Jimmy plays with an edge, when he stakes himself to something, make him angry old man.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    In Charlie We Trust.

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    I am amused at a few young posters here pointing the finger of blame on one or more players on the Phillies team. Some even give the impression of gloom and doom with their comments. Hey, Lincecum pitched a little better than Halladay last night and had a very effective bullpen to back him. Is that really a surprise? It’s ironic that an old Phillie killer, Ross combined with the newest Phillie killer, Burrell provided the offensive support.

    So it’s one game in the best of seven. Manuel is right to express concern for the Phillies’ offense. They must step up as a team especially tonight. The offense has been sputtering of late especially with RISP. I have confidence with a veteran like Oswalt to pitch well tonight. Hopefully, the offense kicks it into another gear against a tough lefty in Sanchez. For all intent and purpose, it’s a must win tonight. Consider this…over the last 18 years, only three teams that lost Game 1 of the N.L.C.S. have gone on to win the series. At least Lincecum won’t be available to pitch. ;-)

  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for Rollins to get going…the guy’s been in a steady decline for two years now. I wouldn’t bat him 8th to make him mad – I’d bat him 8th because that’s where he belongs in this lineup. It really makes me wonder what type of contract offer RAJ will make to Rollins after next season. He can certainly find more cost effective solutions at shortstop.

    The bad news is that the Phillies have never won a post season series in which they lost the first game. If they lose today, I’m afraid there won’t be another game in CBP until April 2011.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Ryan Howard at the Eagles game.
    I dont like it. He needs to hit tonight.

    My love of Utley and Rollins is known. They are why we win.
    But they arent getting younger and have lots of games played at positions that take alot out of you.
    People start wrapping your brains around one or both of them leaving.
    Like I did with Werth about 2 years ago. Makes it much easier on you.

    Kind of an irrelevant post considering whats on the line today but i am just saying.

  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    Ryan Howard should definitely not be a football game right now.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ Ted
    Not only is he there. But hes miked up and yucking it up with the announcers.

    Stupid. Opens himself up for criticism tonight. If the Phils lose tonight and lets say he strikes out 4 times 2 times with runners on. Its going to be tough.

  • Posts: 0 Manny


  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Is this what you call getting mentally ready for a game?

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Should Ryan be locked in in room grinding the handle of his bat until it turns into sawdust? Maybe he’s trying to relax? @ Chuck – A LF with average speed doesn’t need to take that ball with a run and a jump. An “average” guy… He’s there in time and he lifts his glove over his head, and makes the catch in stride. No need for hopping or skipping or whatever that was.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    After his performance in the WS last year and so far this year in the playoffs, I’d think Howard could find better ways to spend his time than appearing on Letterman and attending an Eagles game. It just doesn’t look good…

    I’m Ted Bell.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I’m with Ted Bell.

    There are other ways to relax… Going to an Eagles game and talking to the announcers isn’t one. Watch some video, stay home, work out, pray, whatever… but this is unacceptable behavior, imo.

  • Posts: 0 jt

    They need to get a new scouting report on cody ross their a reason he’s hitting 8th and they need to figure out why I don’t want to get beat by their #8 hitter I’m not surprised pat came up big either

  • Posts: 0 Shag beta sigma delta

    The Phillies like it when they are backed into a corner, this is the match up I most feared in the playoffs. Roy 2 has to come out and out pitch Sancheaz tonight end of story. The offense is what it is this year, would like to see Shane bunt, not sac bunt but bunt for a hit with some one first and no outs, even Jayson should be able to bunt for a hit, with one on and no outs, if he gets thrown out at fist at least they move the runner. I always said the time off would hurt Ryan, he is a rhythem hitter and time off hurts him. I know I would be in the minority here but JRoll leading off would not surprise me or upset me. He likes it up there and it is not Vic is setting the world on fire up there. And as much as some of you would like to see Ben Fran in left field Charlie will not do that. Maybe in the WS if they make it and let Raul DH. Charlie is loyal to his players so you will not see any panic moves, and putting JRoll leadoff would not be desperation.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Actually, I LIKE Howard….and any other Phillie that wants to go….at the Eagles game.

    Eagles are killing the Falcons….look FIRED UP.

    Why wouldn’t that be good for the Phillies to witness? How is this “unacceptable behavior.”???

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I agree wth dipsy in principal.
    But why be on the TV? But also what is he supposed to do. Glad hes relaxing. But he needs to hit tonight. Period.

    maybe this is better for him than praying. But HIT THE BALL tonight
    And we dont care. I guess it matters that they lost last night. but it really shouldnt. If the Phils win last night its a different mindset for the fans. In a way glad the players arent of our mindset.

  • Posts: 0 Shag beta sigma delta

    I would 100% disagree with some of you about Ryan being at the football game. 8 o’clock start what time should he be at the park, even if he is early would be 4pm. So unless he is shaking hands after the game I would not worry. Sitting in the locker room or at home thinking about his game would not help at all. What happens if he goes 4-5 with 4 rbi and a HR tonight would it be ok then that he went to the football game.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Dipsy, he (Raul) said that last night….alluded to the fact that he probably didn’t have to climb the wall…or whatever he attempted to do. Same situation tonight….he makes the play….bank on it.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Exactly, shag. Eagles over at 4. He goes across the street and had 4 hours to “Mentally prepare”

    Relax, dawgs…

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    ^has 4 hours


  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Perhaps “unacceptable behavior” is too strong… but I’m not happy at all… Sure, maybe that’s his way of relaxing 4 hours before the game… but it just looks bad. I wonder what Raul, Halladay, Utley, Chooch are doing right now… definitely NOT at the Eagles game! (Hope I don’t have to eat my words)

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    And sure, if he gets some timely hits tonight I’ll be happy and get over the fact that he was at the football game… but with Sanchez on the mound and his lackluster performance so far, I’m not holding my breath.

    This is the playoffs, dammit!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    How does it look bad? It’s not like he went to Atlantic City after last night’s game and is showing up an hour befor game time.

    Dude’s right ACROSS THE STREET watching a football game. I guarantee you that most of the guys are probably in front of a TV anyway….either at home or in the clubhouse.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I’m just saying, we as fans want to see him getting ready for Game 2 of the freaking NLCS… not making TV appearances… That might be unfair but it is what it is.

  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    If a guy that had an embarrassing WS last season (.174, 13 Ks, and 3 RBIs in garbage time) and is having a lackluster postseason so far in 2010 is cocky enough to yuck it up on game day then more power to him.

    BUT, until the point comes when he starts producing like one of the game’s highest paid players, I as a fan have the right to question his actions. Do you think Roy Halladay would make himself open to scrutiny like this? That dude is focused on baseball. To me, it looks like Ryan may be focused on his brand name. I’ll be waiting for Howard to prove me wrong…I doubt it will be against Jonathan Sanchez tonight.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    His handlers should have not let him be on TV
    Same way as if this team was a last place team and he went on entourage id be pissed.

    They win last night and its just a guy at the game. But they lost last night.
    I wonder what Ruiz is doing!
    Probably watching univision.

    I am gonna relax and enjoy today and tonight. They lose tonight then its panic time.

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    Wilson Valdez isn’t the answer!

    He’s not a good hitter. Period. And that’s not a knock on him. He had a great year for us and lord knows we wouldn’t be here without his contributions at the plate and especially in the field.

    But….Wilson Valdez isn’t going to ignite the offense against this pitching staff.

    And while Wilson is a great defender, defense isn’t our problem right now. Rollins is a gold-glove SS who’s making all the plays J-Roll looked pretty good in the field last night. Obviously, he sucks at the plate right now. But Valdez isn’t going to fare any better.

    Putting Valdez in just replaces one light-hitting, sick-fielding SS for another. It won’t help the team. So you’re just making change for change sake, which feels like panic, especially when you’re benching one of the team leaders with no apparent benefit to the lineup.

    If Rollins starts making errors, then maybe we go to Valdez. But right now the Phils need to start hitting.

    I think it’s about f—ing time we socked it to Jonathon Sanchez. I’m tired of seeing that guy pitch around six walks. Make him pay for his wildness.

    It starts to tonight! Go Phils!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Ryan Howard has done enough for me over the years…proved himself…that this doesn’t bother me. I really don’t think that whether or not he’s across the street at the Eagles game will have any negative bearing on his performance tonight. And…as I said earlier…maybe it will actually help to get fired up.

    I get it. I want him to do well, too. But if he doesn’t tonight I’m not gonna point my finger at him and say, “See. You shouldn’t have been at the Eagles game.”

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Is Ryan across town at a strip club downing Cuervo?

    Sheeeesh it’s a football game, right next to where he’s going anyway.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Ill never get wrapped up in a first baseman. They are supposed to hit.
    Insert one of about 20 there and your OK.

    I still like Howard.
    Last years WS wasnt on him at all. I didnt even remember he was that bad in last years WS. He will win some games in these playoffs for us I hope.

    On a lighter note.

    Horse walks into a bar.

    Bartender says:

    why the long face?

  • Phillies Game 2 lineup: Victorino 8, Utley 4, Polanco 5, Howard 3, Werth 9, Rollins 6, Ibanez 7, Ruiz 2, Oswalt 1.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Glad he didn’t put JRoll leadoff

    Go Phils- You Gotta Believe

  • Posts: 0 jt

    why charlie stick with rollins is crazy…i respect his loyalty,but their comes a time when enough is enough j-roll has done nothing……….

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Black dude walks into a bar with a parrot on his shoulder. Bartender says “Hey man, where did you get that?” Parrot says” “Africa. They’re millions of em.” Rimshot (lovin you Shag).

    I don’t care that Howard went to the birds game. Probably should have opted not to go on T.V, ya know. I mean, where’s the upside with that move?

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    No upside. No real downside either. 3 hours til game time. Howard’s probably gettin his “game face” right about now…

    How’s that song go? Que sera sera….whatever will be will be.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    I don’t care that Howard was hanging out over at the Linc. Sure, he could probably do with some batting practice with that time, but he probably went right over to CBP afterward.

    I’ll bet being at the Eagles game fires him up anyway.

    We take it tonight, then two out of three in San Francisco, and this series goes seven games. The Yankees and Rangers are going at least five now. I don’t see a problem with that situation if our bats start lighting it up.

    Chooch and Little Roy should be talking about pitching around Cody Ross right now, though. And Big Roy should chime in and tell Little Roy to trust what Chooch is calling.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    No question that the Eagles “fired him up”.

    If it got ME fired up, watching at home once in awhile while doing chores around the house…..it sure as hell fired him up, a competing athlete witnessing the game live and in person.

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