Halladay Does It Again
“In my years here, there have been two guys that have commanded the strike zone like that, that I’ve actually faced,” Chipper Jones said. “Rocket (Roger Clemens) was the other one. What’s not to be impressed about him? He’s the real deal.”
“Halladay is very, very good,” Bobby Cox said. “What you saw tonight is basically what he does every start. You don’t get many (scoring chances). He’s that good. He’s really a machine.”
A few numbers to know regarding Halladay:
- He is 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA in his first four starts with the Phillies, matching Cliff Lee‘s starts with the Phillies.
- He is 6-0 with a 0.53 ERA in his last six starts, dating to last season with Toronto. It includes four complete games and three shutouts.
- He is 8-2 with a 1.21 ERA in his last 10 starts, including six complete games and shutouts against the Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners and Braves.
Great defense last night in the 2-0 victory. Shane Victorino robbed Troy Glaus of a homer in the second, making a leaping catch at the wall. Juan Castro made a nice play up the middle that had Ryan Howard stretching as far as he could humanly stretch to beat the runner in the fifth. The biggest play might have been the inning-ending double play that Chase Utley and Castro turned with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh. Yunel Escobar hit a grounder up the middle. The ball hit off the mound and Utley made a diving catch to his right and flipped the ball to Castro, whose momentum carried him across the bag as he made the throw to Howard to end the inning. Howard then made a fantastic diving catch on a one-hopper to his right in the ninth. He flipped the ball to Halladay at first to retire Jones for the first out.
The Phillies provided just enough offense. They had scored 77 runs (7.7 per game) in their first 10 games, including a .315 batting average and a .935 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, but have scored just six runs (1.5 per game) in their previous four games, including a .188 batting average and a .533 OPS.
Placido Polanco said he does not expect to miss much time after bruising his left elbow. Tim Hudson hit Polanco with a pitch in the first inning, and Polanco remained in the game until Wilson Valdez pinch-hit for him in the seventh inning. Polanco said x-rays revealed no fracture.
“It’s stiff now, weak, sore,” Polanco said.