A Halladay First
Halladay has lost 15 complete games in his career. He blew a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning in Cincinnati on June 30, 2010. He allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 1-0 loss in Boston on April 29, 2008. Those were the only complete game losses that came close to this one.
Of course, everybody will be second-guessing Charlie Manuel today. Should he have left Halladay in the game with Ryan Madson and Antonio Bastardo warming up in the bullpen? As soon as Halladay allowed the second hit of the inning I thought we’d see Bastardo, but I wasn’t surprised Manuel stuck with Halladay. I also didn’t think it was the wrong decision. Halladay was in a similar situation in Washington on April 13. He carried a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning at Nationals Park, but allowed two runs to score with runners on second and third with just one out. Manuel stuck with Halladay then and he struck out the final two batters to win the game.
This time Manuel’s faith wasn’t rewarded, but up until last night Halladay had been perfect in situations like this.