Halladay Sharp as Phils Take Series
- Updated: August 25, 2013
Roy Halladay wasn’t expected to start on Sunday for the Phillies. He was also not expected to throw more than 100 pitches.
What he did was turn in a quality start in a very spur of the moment type situation for the Phillies. He hit spots, managed his pitch count well, and avoided big innings that had victimized him earlier this season.
He allowed a lead-off triple to Tony Campana on an 0-2 pitch, and then Campana scored on a ground out by Adam Eaton. Frustrated as Halladay was with that, he would only allow one more run after that and just three more hits.
His velocity still only topped out at 89, but he changed speeds well enough to keep the Diamondbacks confused at the plate.
Unlike his previous starts this season, the Phillies’ offense came through in a big way to give him plenty of breathing room.
Roger Bernadina led off the bottom of the first by getting hit by pitch ball. After a pop out by Jimmy Rollins, Michael Young singled to center and catcher Erik Kratz followed with a walk.
Darin Ruf stepped in then with the bases loaded and only one out. He laced a first pitch fastball to left center field to tie the game at 1-1. With the bases still loaded, Cody Asche then doubled down the right field line to score Young & Kratz. Kevin Frandsen, getting the start at 2nd base today, then grounded out to shortstop, but Ruf came home from third to make it 4-1 Fightins.
They would not look back from there.
The spark we’ve seen from this team at the plate lately is encouraging, given how much they struggled to score and come from behind earlier in the year. It appears as though Ryne Sandberg’s team unity concept is reaching these young players.
Halladay again allowed the lead-off man to reach in the second, when A.J. Pollock led off the inning with a single, and stole second. He would advance to third on a single by shortstop Didi Gregorius.
Pollock eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by former Phillies farmhand Tuffy Gosewisch. That made it 4-2.
Doc also benefited from some stellar defense in the outfield. In the third inning, with Paul Goldschmidt on first and two men out, Matt Davidson hit a bullet to deep center field. Bernadina had a beat on it the whole time, eventually reaching the wall. He timed his jump perfectly, reached up over the wall and caught the ball.
The fans went crazy and no one was more appreciative than Roy Halladay.
Bernadina made a great diving catch to rob Gosewisch of a hit later in the game.
The Phillies would score again in the fourth when John Mayberry, Jr., hit a two run home run to plate himself and Frandsen, making it 6-2 Phillies. They would add three more runs later in the game, leading 9-2 at one point.
The Diamondbacks would cut the lead to 9-5, but that was the final score.
Doc went six innings, and allowed the two runs on four hits and struck out two. He was as good as the team could have hoped in somewhat of an emergency start.
This coming after yesterday’s 18 inning marathon that the team ultimately lost, coming that close to a series sweep.
Nonetheless, the offense was great today, going 5-9 with runners in scoring position.
The Phils travel to Citi Field tomorrow for a series against their arch rival, the New York Mets.
They will bring momentum and a very loose, happy attitude to Flushing.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
Photo Courtesy of BleacherReport.com