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Oh, Doctor

It was supposed to be an easy series win, maybe even a sweep for the Phillies. It was supposed to be a redemption start for Roy Halladay, who got shellacked in his last start in Cleveland.

It was neither of those things. What it was, was painful.

Doc walked the very first hitter he faced in Juan Pierre. After a stolen base and a ground out, he walked Placido Polanco and hit Justin Ruggiano. Marcell Ozuna, who hit his first career home run last night off Cole Hamels, roped a double to score two and put the Marlins ahead 2-0.

Halladay would retire Miguel Olivo on a pop up to Michael Young, and could see his way out without further damage. The next hitter was Adeiny Hechavarria, and after working to a full count, he laced a bases clearing triple to right center field. The Marlins were ahead 5-0 after the top of the first.

Halladay threw 38 pitches in the first inning. He threw just 10 in the second, but would not get past the third.

In succession, Halladay hit Ruggiano for the second time today, walked Ozuna and allowed a single to Greg Dobbs. Hechavarria stepped in again, and this time hit a hard line drive just over the wall in right for a grand slam. That’s seven runs batted in for Hechavarria in just two at-bats.

It was 9-0 Marlins, and goodbye Roy Halladay. He walked four batters and hit two more, all of whom scored. The Marlins got all five first inning runs on just two hits. Doc’s location today was off from the get go, he simply couldn’t hit spots and his cutter ran in on several hitters who took advantage of it.

After three strong outings, Halladay has now allowed 17 runs and 13 hits in his last two starts, in a total of just six innings pitched. Meanwhile, the Marlins came into today last in the National League in runs scored, home runs and batting average among others.

So, the Phillies were down 9-0 by the bottom of the third inning. With their offensive struggles and inconsistencies this season, a deficit this large was worthy of the mercy rule. They had a few base runners in the early innings, including a double from Freddy Galvis, but were not able to throw any punches, let alone connect on them.

Other than that, Marlins starter Kevin Slowey, who hadn’t won a game since 2010, would allow just two hits and two walks in seven shutout innings.

Raul Valdes would come in after Halladay, and he allowed one run on four hits in 3.1 innings pitched, making it a 10-0 Marlins advantage.

Chad Durbin came in after Valdes, and he allowed a solo home run to Ruggiano in the top of the eighth to make it 11-0 Marlins. After allowing a double to Ozuna, Durbin was lifted for lefty Jeremy Horst. He would hit Dobbs, and then induce what should have been an inning ending double play, Instead, Kevin Frandsen, into the game at second for Chase Utley, threw the ball away and allowed Ozuna to score from second, making it 12-0 Marlins.

The Phillies would finally get on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning, plating two runs on one hit and one Marlins error making the score 12-2.

In the ninth inning, Horst would allow two more runs on a single by Dobbs, followed by another home run from Ruggiano. For the second time this week the Phillies lost by a score of 14-2. So in the last two games started by Roy Halladay, the opposition has managed score a total of 28 runs against Phillies pitching.

Starts like what we saw today and last Tuesday are reminiscent of players at the end of their career whose decline was hard to watch. Cal Ripken, Jr. comes to mind, and even someone like Brett Favre in football. Players bound for the hall of fame in any sport are best remembered for all their success, not some bad years towards the end.

Halladay strikes me as that kind of player. A la Mike Schmidt, if he’s not happy with how he’s playing, I wouldn’t put it past him to make the call. That being said, Roy Halladay is such a competitor that it’s hard to believe he would do that, yet it’s not.

The Phillies travel to San Francisco to take on the Giants tomorrow night. Cliff Lee gets the call at the site of his first start as a Phillie, AT&T Park.

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