A pinch hitter? In the third inning?
A collective holding our breathe made its way from St. Louis to Virginia Beach all the way up to Philadelphia as Pete Orr came in to hit for Roy Halladay in the top of the third inning. Halladay pitched only two innings. He gave up a grand slam to Yadier Molina in the first inning. That’s not the reason.
Not much of a Halladay – Halladay exited the game as a precaution to tightness in his right shoulder. It was his shortest outing since July last season when he lasted only four innings due to the heat in Chicago. The month of May has just been awful for the Phillies ace.
Halladay has given up 24 earned runs in just over 35 innings this month. That’s a 6.11 ERA in May compared to 1.95 in April. We can hope this is just soreness and nothing is seriously wrong. But those of us who have been watching him carefully fear the worse, as always. Halladay will be reevaluated this week.
A good run it was – The Phillies came in to today’s game looking to sweep the Cardinals in a four game set in St. Louis for the first time since 1913, or something like that. The four run hole in the first inning didn’t help the cause.
Juan Pierre did his best collecting three of the 11 Philadelphia hits from the number two spot in the lineup. Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz added two hits a piece. Joe Savory, working a couple innings of relief, actually got to swing the bat which was his first Major League at bat.
So in the end the Phillies dropped the game 8-3 and thus ending their four game win streak. I like streaky when it’s in the win column. Let’s hope for another run of games this week.
No one likes trailing – The Phillies have not won a game this season when trailing after the seventh inning. They have only won three out of 19 games when behind in the sixth inning.
This team is showing signs of life and I think they are on the right track. The Roy Oswalt and Kevin Youkilis rumors mean the front office still wants to win so that’s also good. This team can still make it. Have faith. Go Phillies.