2010 Game Recaps

Phils Fall Late as Halladay Suffers Another Loss

Snakebitten, again.

Roy Halladay was not at his finest, however, his outing was certainly good enough for a Phillies victory. With a series win at stake, they could not get the job done as the Reds took the game, 4-3. Jay Bruce went yard in the 8th inning off of Halladay to give Cincinnati a series win.

Doc was hittable, but at the same time he wasn’t. He allowed a season-high 13 hits, yet did not walk a batter and struck out 10. It’s one of the oddest lines you’ll see.  It was also Halladay’s sixth complete game of the season already, although his record dropped to 9-7 overall. He also tossed 119 pitches – and a ridiculous 89 for strikes.  Perhaps today, he threw too many strikes as the Reds pelted the diamond left and right when they did make contact.

As an aside (and personal opinion) on Halladay’s performance, Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee really didn’t need to keep him out there past the 7th. Just because he can throw 120 pitches every game, doesn’t mean he has to. Seven innings would have been plenty, and maybe today Doc didn’t have his best stuff, so pulling him early might have been the right thing.  There seems to be a reluctance to do that through the first two-plus months of the season.

In addition to Bruce’s game-winning blast, Joey Votto homered for the second straight day. He’s clearly one of the best first basemen in baseball, however, playing in Cincinnati allows him little recognition beyond his own town.

Some of the blame can be placed on the offense here (again). Dane Sardinha was the only source of runs today as he mashed his second home run of the season, this of the three-run variety. They were unable to capture last night’s late-inning magic and use  it in todays game. Sardinha’s homer was the only extra-base hit of the day and the middle of the order – Rollins, Howard, and Werth – combined for seven strikeouts.

Next up are the Pirates, which would seem like a winnable series. Nothing at this point can be taken for granted, however.



  1. The Dipsy

    June 30, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I guess that bringing in a relief pitcher to, you know, maybe, like, close out the game might have been a good idea. OK, I GET IT. ROY HALLADAY CAN PITCH COMPLETE GAMES! Damn.

    I was looking at the last thread and perhaps it would be useful to look at the Lee/Halladay thing in the inverse. If you knew that Ruben turned down a deal that would have landed Halladay, with his extension, yet instead chose to stick with his prospects and one more year of Lee, how would that make everyone feel? Halladay is better than Lee. Period.

    The Dipsy

  2. az phills fan

    June 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    So if the braves win tonight the phills we still only be 3 1/2 games out of first which is good considering what has happened over the last month.The phills need to.take at least 3 feom the bucs and hope the marlins can keep thing going for a couple of more games.And if we all ask nicely maybe the nats can pull one more out.

  3. Greg

    June 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Nothing on Werth’s misplayed ball that ended up being the winning run?

  4. Phan in the outfield

    June 30, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Honestly I think this game has been dissected within a millisecond of its existence. And more than enough has been said about how this team is not the team that every Phillies fan wants them to be. I don’t think they’re the team they want to be right now either.

    I also don’t believe any game comes down to A SINGLE “misplayed” ball, or a pitcher who allowed 2 HRs either. If you’re going to play that way then you can do that with the games the Phils have won too. What IF a ball had been hit during Halladay’s perfect game? What IF Werth had not dived on his stomach to make that catch in one of the last home games, or the back handed catch against the wall in the same game? The ‘what ifs’ could go on forever.

    Good players can’t be great in every single game. It doesn’t mean they aren’t worth their pay checks or that they should be traded b/c of one game. This game (or the two they dropped to the Reds) doesn’t mean they won’t get guys off the DL and ultimately win the division.

  5. Bobby D

    June 30, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    The offense lost this game. Period. They didn’t even threaten after the home run.

  6. Bobby D

    June 30, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    And that’s not meant to be a a part of all recent negativity around here, it’s just what I think.

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  8. George

    June 30, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    In defense of the decision to let Halladay pitch the eighth: He didn’t have 119 pitches before that inning; it was about 10-102 if I’m not mistaken. Had he pitched like he usually does, he’d have gotten through that last inning with about 112-113. He was not overworked, he just didn’t get the job done. If Romero, Baez, or Contreras had been brought in and had given up runs, everybody would be yelling, “Manuel sucks. He should have left Halladay in.”

  9. George

    June 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Good comment by Phan in the outfield.

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  12. Kate

    June 30, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Disheartening, but it could be much, much worse.

  13. Ron Jones

    June 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    It was funny to listen to Reds’ post game show as I drove home after today’s game – they said, and I’m not kidding, that this was the biggest win for the franchise in a decade. One guy tried to point out that this is a shell of the recent NL champs that they beat, but they couldn’t stop piling on the accolades for the Reds.

    This was just a terrible game as well as series. It was clear that Halladay was running out of gas in the 7th inning and he labored all day, so one wonders why the bullpen wasn’t used. Yeah, they are not the best, but does Cholly think Roy will always pitch complete games?

    The offense has disappeared again. The big bats didn’t show up except for Raul’s big hit last night (Victorino would’ve caught it) in the 10th inning. He hit a meaningless homer in Monday’s game. The key hits were 3 run bombs by Valdez, Dane, and Schneider. Werth is back to striking out, Rollins spent too much time complaining about strike zone, and where is Howard’s power?

  14. Kate

    June 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    No homer is meaningless, Ron.

    The fair-weathers are showing their true colors.

    The Reds did outplay the Phillies today. So what? We outlasted them last night in ten.

    Fans like these are why the offense is spending too much time trying to get the big plays and not thinking about small ball that got us back into the playoffs last year

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