2010 Top Moments

Top Moment #20: Halladay Out Groins Timmy, Phillies Stay Alive

Beat me once, good for you. Beat me twice, ha nice try.

Roy Halladay took the mound for Game 5 of the National League Champion Series to face little Timmy Lincecum in a rematch of Game 1. Lincecum and the Giants beat Halladay in the opener at Philadelphia. Halladay made sure it wasn’t going to happen again.

This was a game the Phillies had to win to keep any hope alive of winning the World Series.  They were down 3-1 and playing in San Francisco.  A win would force the game back to Philly.  Halladay would not disappoint.

However, the game didn’t start off the way he had hoped.  For the first time all season, Halladay walked the leadoff hitter.  It was the first of two walks Halladay allowed laboring through six innings with an apparent groin injury.  In between innings Halladay was riding the stationary bike to stay loose.  Halladay’s velocity was down all game and he threw 108 pitches, a high count for just six innings of work.

The Phillies started hitting in the third inning.  Halladay helped himself out by laying down a perfect bunt and advancing Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez to second and third.  One error later and the Phillies were back on top 2-1.  A Placido Polanco RBI single gave Halladay a two run cushion.

Jayson Werth put the Phillies back up by two in the ninth inning that sent many Giants fans heading for the exit and the Phillies heading back to Philadelphia for Game 6.

This is just one of those games you look back on and say ‘Yeah, that’s Roy Halladay.’  He continues to amaze Phillies fans with his gutsy performances.  After the game this is what Charlie Manuel had to say about his Cy Young starter, “Of course, he stayed in there.  He was determined he was going to stay in there.”

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  1. GoPhils

    January 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Speaking of the Giants, maybe I’m just sore because they beat us, but they appeared to have an annyoing attitude. Lincecum’s long hair and boyish looks, Pablo Sandoval’s arm-waving and lack of conditioning, Brian Wilson’s beard, Aubrey Huff’s thong, Jonathon Sanchez’s comments about us “going home” and the fact that it seemed some Giants were chirping at the Phils all created an impression of flippancy and immaturity. On the other hand (and maybe this is because I am a Phils fan), the Phils seem professional and mature. This is exemplified by Roy Halladay gutting it out throughout this game. At the same time, the Giants are building a formidable young, homegrown core including no less than 4 stud starting pitchers, a stud closer, and a stud catcher on both sides. They have two young players who could join this group including the aforementioned Pablo Sandoval, who seems to have grown complacent after a huge first season but could get going again in 2011. Brandon Belt is also a minor leaguer they have who has put up huge numbers and could give the Giants three offensive studs. The Giants were criticized last year because of all the journeymen, second-rate players on their roster like Pat Burrel and Cody Ross, but we have to remember that these guys and others like them are serviceable major league players. This is all you need to have to fill out your roster when you have the superbly talented core the Giants have.

  2. Chuck

    January 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I agree, GoPhils. The only one I actually was happy for when they won the WS was Edgar Renteria.

  3. MissPhillie

    January 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Ugh, Timmy. That guy has talent, sure, but he’s always rubbed me the wrong way.

    Halladay is a freaking beast, I’ll take him over Timmy any day. Great inclusion, let’s go Phils!

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