Halladay Completes 5th, Gets No. 10

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, June 26, 2011 04:51 PM | Comments: 9
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Phillies fans just love it when Roy Halladay pitches.  Lately, the whole Phillies team has loved it as well.  Halladay won his 10th game of the season tying him for best in the majors.  The Phillies are now 8-0 in his last eight starts and 14-3 when he toes the rubber.

Halladay only allowed one run in nine innings for his league leading fifth complete game.  He struck out four to increase his National League leading total to 123.  Halladay is now 5-0 in his last eight starts and is the team leader at 10-3.

Jimmy Rollins, who had been 0 for his last 15, came through in a big way going 4 for 4 with two runs scored.  Rollins, Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino started the game with consecutive hits off Oakland starter Josh Outman (3-2).  Victorino had an RBI single and Ryan Howard grounded into a double play which plated Polanco to give the Phillies an early 2-0 lead.

The Phillies got their third run from Ben Francisco, who had an RBI infield single in the fifth inning.  Francisco was starting in right field in place of Domonic Brown, who was booed last night for not running out a ground ball.  Was this punishment from Charlie Manuel?  Probably not.  Brown is still young and hasn’t fully made the adjustments facing left handed pitching.  Either way, he should have been hustling.

The Phillies are back to 19 games over .500 (49-30).  Tuesday will be their third chance to get to 20 games over .500 as they welcome the Boston Red Sox to town to continue Interleague play.  The Phillies are now 5-4 this season against teams from the American League.

There are only four more series (Bos, Tor, Fla, Atl) until the All Star break.  Hopefully the Phillies can keep the momentum heading into the break.  With the injured Roy Oswalt out until August, the rotation gets a little out of order for the upcoming series.  We will see Cliff Lee and Vance Worley throw the first two against Boston and could see either Kyle Kendrick or Cole Hamels go for game three.

The Boston series is a big one.  I say this lightly, but on paper this is the World Series matchup a lot of people are waiting for.  On paper means nothing.  Both teams, however, are playing championship caliber baseball.

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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Cool we won. Ben Fran has to be on a lucky streak seems like every single he hits is a bad play on it…lol…

  • Posts: 0 SJ Phillies Fan

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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Doc was great today but one starts to wonder if these complete games take a toll. I think today he had to go to distance. He proves more valuable all the time. I think Herndon would of been the only available guy dont want Baez in any game unless we have a 5 run lead which is rare around these parts anymore.

    • Posts: 0 Lefty

      It’s a shame Baez hasn’t pitched like he once did for Charlie in Cleveland. You are right, at least a five run lead.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    There are times when Uncle Charlie leaves his starters in too long. But I really didn’t think so today. With Madson and Contreras out, the pen got a well deserved rest. Even Stutes, who has been super, started showing cracks in the armor this weekend. No matter how young, they can’t hurl it as hard as they can 5-6 times a week. Another superior pitching job by Doc. The stat sheet will show 8 hits, but he allowed very few hard hit balls.

  • Posts: 0 Bob myers

    I was at today’s game and Doc is impressive. But this team is boring to watch. They rang the big bell to celebrate the victory and a few of us wondered if they have to ring it for victories now since they only have one player who is going to get past twenty home runs. There is only one batter opposing pitchers fear and that makes it all feel pretty tame compared to the 2008 team.

    I know that we won this game and all that. I’m just saying what it felt like and what I think the fans feel energy wise from this team.

    • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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      Haha, ring the bell because the team can’t hit homers. Could be.

      • Posts: 542 Bruce

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        If they are ringing the bell for the win (no. 49), it will eventually show a hugh crack like the Liberty Bell. LOL

        This is win number 15 for the month of June; the most since 1993 when the team won 16. And they still have several days left in the month.

        Personally, a win is never boring no matter how it is achieved. Watching ‘Doc’ Halladay giving a clinic on pitching as he twirls another masterpiece is not boring. It’s a treat to see this great pitcher in action and appreciate that part of the game.To see outstanding defensive plays and timely hitting is not boring. Granted when there is a lopsided score and your team is on the losing side..THAT can be boring (smile).

  • Posts: 0 DocNose

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