Halladay’s Tough Loss
A few notes from tonight’s 2-1 loss to the Marlins:
- Roy Halladay outpitched Josh Johnson, but took the loss. It snapped his 13-game winning streak against the NL East.
- The Phillies had the bases loaded in the second and third innings, but did not score. You knew that would come back to haunt them. Said Jimmy Rollins: “I was like, ‘Damn, that would have been a good way to blow the game open.’” Said Charlie Manuel: “I ain’t worried about what’s coming back to haunt us. I’m worried about scoring some runs and how we play. We had chance there. We didn’t do it. That’s a tough way to lose the game, but it happens.”
- Halladay walked Johnson with one out in the third inning. Johnson eventually scored. Halladay leads the big leagues with just 1.18 walks per nine innings. It was the first pitcher he walked in his career. Halladay was not happy about it. “I just walked him,” he said. “I don’t know what else to tell you. I didn’t make good pitches. Some close ones, but not strikes. I don’t where to go. It’s definitely frustrating. You can’t afford to do that. Definitely wasn’t real thrilled about it.”
- Rollins’ error in the eighth led to the winning run. He bobbled the ball and then threw wide to first base on an Omar Infante ground ball. Ryan Howard and Rollins both agreed Infante would have been out had Rollins put the throw on target.
- The Phillies said Chase Utley has a scheduled day off tomorrow. He is expected to play Thursday in Clearwater with Roy Oswalt and Carlos Ruiz. I’m still guessing here, but I still think we could see Utley back with the Phillies sometime next week.