2010 Game Recaps

Halladay Gets Comeuppance as Phils Fall to Giants

Maybe we should concentrate on Ryan Howard’s contract extension after all, because tonight’s 5-1 loss to the Giants turned out to be a real doozy.

I guess we couldn’t realistically expect Roy Halladay to keep winning games by himself all year. Halladay, who until tonight had been doing his best impression of 1968 Bob Gibson, didn’t pitch all that badly but gave up 5 earned runs in 7 innings as the Phillies offense left what seemed like hundreds of runners on base. Already without the services of Jimmy Rollins, Charlie Manuel sat left fielder Raul Ibanez against tough lefty Jonathan Sanchez, a decision that proved to be fateful.

Ibanez’s replacement, Ben Francisco, was a one-man rally killer. Disco flied out to end the third inning with the bases loaded, did the same with runners at the corners to end the fifth, and struck out to end the seventh with the bases loaded again–all told, he left 8 runners on base, 5 in scoring position. The $125 million man himself, Howard, went 0-for-3 with a walk in a performance that the gloom-and-doom crowd will surely call the first step on his road to turning into Mo Vaughn.

Despite the litany of  mishaps, a lot of things went relatively well tonight. Struggling leadoff hitter Shane Victorino reached base three times, and the Phillies managed to chase Sanchez by running up his pitch count after only 5 innings. But seldom can a team let up 5 runs, leave 19 runners on base, and expect to win. Giants relievers Guillermo Mota, Jeremy Affeldt, and Tony Sergio Romo picked up Sanchez, and while you hate to lose this kind of game, there will be a few over 162 games where the breaks just don’t go your way.

30 Comments

30 Comments

  1. joe

    April 27, 2010 at 1:20 am

    are you kidding me?
    you guys gave Halladay the Jeltz award?

    are you freakin’ joking?

    how about the offense???

    unreal

  2. Greg

    April 27, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Jeltz for Halladay? I disagree. I’d totally go with Francisco. If he would have batted .333 with a single, it would have driven in a minimum of 2 runs.

    that in itself would have changed the whole game entirely. If he would have managed to hit twice for .667, we’d be in the lead in the 5th. Granted, 5 runs isn’t good, but Halladay kept us in the game.

  3. TheRobSpecial

    April 27, 2010 at 1:31 am

    I completely agree with the above posters. While Halladay didn’t have a great game, Ben Francisco was the weakest link tonight. To single-handedly leave 8 men on base in inexcusable.

  4. BurrGundy

    April 27, 2010 at 2:47 am

    No clutch hitting…..No hitting, period.

  5. jeff

    April 27, 2010 at 5:06 am

    This team will not get there. Jr giving howard all that money. Feed the world instead.

  6. Repeat!

    April 27, 2010 at 6:36 am

    I wake up to this? wtf happened? i was sure that when I checked the scores this morning that it would say the Phils won. After seeing the highlights i’m sick to my stomch. Not at Roy of course, but at this O. They look lost in the wilderness. Ben Fran left 8 on base? What? His batting stance is 2nd worse only to back-up ss Valdez. Feed what world Jeff? Bobby’s World? It’s only a cartoon you know. The Redcross steals money too.

  7. Ted Bell

    April 27, 2010 at 6:38 am

    When do the Phillies play Houston & Washington again?

  8. Repeat!

    April 27, 2010 at 6:40 am

    damn work is really gonna be a b*tch today.

  9. Repeat!

    April 27, 2010 at 6:43 am

    the redskins or the capitals? just kidding. we don’t play the Nats again for a while. Maybe they’ll snap back to reality by then.

  10. Keith E

    April 27, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Ibanez’s confidence is getting protection from Charlie. Not good. He is a seasoned vet and has been flat since last year’s break. Raul, time to answer the bell. Doc getting the ‘Jeltz” is a little rough given that he didn’t do any more/less than our other 4 starters on any given night. Starting pitcher’s ERA around 5 ER seems to be the norm here. I feel good about Howard and the ‘home grown’ factor. It seems RAJ wants to build an organization in which it means something to be a Philadelphia Phillie. That will take years but he is showing the commitment to making this a classy organization.
    Anyone catch Howard’s response to the question of possibly riding out his old contract and then going to SF? His response was “you would have to turn up the heat”; funny!
    If this patchwork team can manage to stay in the hunt until the DL clears we will be fine.
    GO PHILS!!!

  11. Ed R.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:59 am

    No offense but people don’t seem to have an issue when Moyer, Hamels or Kendrick give up 5 ER and get the Jeltz. This is not much different. While Halladay was not the only reason, tonight he was the biggest reason. Doesn’t mean I still don’t love the guy but the truth is the truth. Yes Ben Fran left 8 men on base and that certainly makes a difference but still. If it’s ok for Moyer and Kendrick then it’s ok for Halladay as well.

  12. Chuck

    April 27, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Halladay for the Jeltz is a JOKE!! How about Ben Fran for leaving EIGHT men on base. WTF!!! Who the hell is responsible for choosing this award anyway?? I’m one of the most vocal supporters of this blog and it’s decision-makers with lots of stuff…..but this one is just flat-out WRONG!! Michael, Pat, Amanda….someone want to step forward??

    Oh, and uhhhh…..Jimmy Rollins can not get back SOON ENOUGH!!!!!!

  13. Chuck

    April 27, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Sorry, Ed….EIGHT men left on base!! EIGHT. Not four. Not three. But EIGHT. That doesn’t qualify for the Jeltz?

  14. Phils_ftw

    April 27, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Ed R, even if Halladay only gave up 2 we’d have still lost. The offense (particularly Ben F) was brutal this game and Ben F being the most brutal. Had they not left so many RISP we would have easily won regardless of Halladay struggling.

  15. Phils_ftw

    April 27, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Also, would it kill this site to have the Jeltz and Ashburn be a POLL? Much better way than having whoever give it to who THEY feels deserves it (regardless of the general census)?

  16. Chuck

    April 27, 2010 at 7:21 am

    And comparing Moyer and Kendrick to Halladay in relation to the Jeltz…..when Moyer and Kenrdick get it….they totally sucked. Halladay, while giving up the runs, really didn’t pitch all that badly. Some of the hits had eyes down the lines and I think the home plate ump, Buckner, was squeezing him a little. Halladay pitched 7 innings, too. When Kendrick or Moyer wold suck and get this award, they usually didn’t last past 5 innings.

    I just think that this was just such a sharp departure from what we are used to seeing from Roy, that he was an easy scapegoat for the award.

  17. Chuck

    April 27, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Sorry, I did it again with Kendrick’s name. Typing too fast and missed that “r” again. Oops.

  18. The Original Chuck P

    April 27, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Keith… last week, Ibanez went 6/17 (.353) with a HR. I felt like he was starting to turn the corner. A lot of managers like reward the players that are playing well but when a player is in the zone of getting close to finding the zone, I worry that a day off could snap them out of a hot streak. I guess we’ll see…

    These makeshift lineups are killing me… if I see Wilson Valdez one more time, I might throw up. We need to get back to full strength… quickly.

  19. Ed R.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Like I said, Halladay wasn’t the only reason this team lost last night, how about the 3-8 hitters going a combined 0-17. Howard and Fran were both 0-3 RISP, so no one really did Halladay any favors. Sad that on the one occasion that he needed the team to pick him up they did absolutely nothing.

    I am starting to get a little concerned about this team. Especially while Baez and Hendron are still in the bullpen.

  20. Chuck

    April 27, 2010 at 7:55 am

    THat’s my point, Ed. Halladay really didn’t pitch that badly. 7 Innings. Some of the hits had eyes down the foul lines. And I really think he was being squeezed a bit by the home plate ump.

    And in comparing Halladay to Moyer and Kendrick in relation to the Jeltz….when those guys got it…..they really stunk it up. Couldn’t get past the fifth inning. No command whatsoever. Yada. Yada. Yada….

    Halladay threw 7 innings and had command….just not what we got used to seeing his first 4 starts. So I think because of that he became an easy scapegoat for this loss.

    As far as the line-ups….not much we can do about Valdez being in there with J-Roll out and Castro nursing his injury. Ben Fran in there to give Raul a break from the left SEEMED like a good idea in theory. Ben Fran just didn’t amke the most of the opportunity, that’s all.

  21. CarlosB

    April 27, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I don’t think you mean ‘comeuppance’ unless you believe that Doc deserved to get hit around like that.

  22. George

    April 27, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Obviously, Halladay can do no wrong. He can allow five runs in a less-than-stellar performance but it’s Francisco who lost the game because he couldn’t get a hit against tough pitching when no one else could, either.

    The only thing Halladay did well this time was to pitch seven innings. Of course, if he’d only gone five, maybe the final would have been 4-1, which is a whole run better than Moyer’s six inning Jeltz performance.

    If there’s a note of sarcasm here, it’s deliberate. You just can’t give up five runs and deserve a win, no matter who your position players are.

  23. MM

    April 27, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Anyone have an idea when Halladay gets a chance at another W?

  24. Ed R.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Well assuming the offense wakes the F up…his next start is Sunday vs the Mets.

  25. Don M

    April 27, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Both pitchers got squeezed by the ump . . . the difference was, when each pitcher adjusted and threw pitches down the plate … Our guys didn’t put the ball in play, and their guys did..

    If we’re going to praise Halladay when he’s on.. you have to also acknowledge when he’s off a little … and last night he wasn’t on his A-game

  26. Don M

    April 27, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I wonder if they’ll pitch Halladay on Saturday.. they’re off on Thursday, so I’d pitch Halladay on normal rest, and skip Nelson Fig in the rotation

  27. Phan in Atl

    April 27, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Man, I miss JRoll. This lineup is too good to go into a tailspin. They’ll be alright, and I’m certainly not worried about anybody else in the division.

  28. Manny

    April 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Halladay 5 ER, but still pitched 7 innings. Frisco would’ve been the better candidate for the Jeltzy. I was pissed when I found out that Raul wasn’t on the lineup, especially because he’s been swinging the bat much batter in the past few games…. and I’m even more pissed now after seeing Frisco struggle last night.

  29. psujoe

    April 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    guys, long season. If I told you before the seasont he Phils would be in first place at this point with a rotation of

    Halladay
    Hamels
    Moyer
    Kendrick
    Figeuroa

    You’d think I was dinking too much. We this crap against lefties all the time which is why we need to retain Werth at all costs.

  30. Evelyn

    April 28, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    ok so halladay isnt perfect oh well. what surprises me more is 8 baserunners left by ben francisco. he’s no hero but he had 3 chances to do something!

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