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Doc’s Comeback Results in Series Win Over D’Backs

Roy Halladay returned to the mound for the Phillies on Sunday afternoon, under 12 hours after the conclusion of Saturday’s 18 inning marathon. His return, and results for that matter, were a pleasant surprise: Halladay used precision to navigate six innings against Arizona, pitching the Phillies to a 9-5 win.

Halladay Sharp

Halladay maxed out at 89 MPH today, but gave up just four hits and two walks through six innings, limiting the Diamondback damage to just two runs, both earned.

Halladay’s outing began with reason for fans to hold their breath: the lead-off hitter, Tony Campana, started the game with a lead-off triple. The next batter, Adam Eaton, followed with an RBI single. But Halladay settled in, including a stretch of seven straight retired.

Diekman Sharper

Diekman entered the game on a tear: from July 31 until today, Diekman had help opponents to a .158 BAA with a 2.25 ERA. Diekman finished the game for the Phils in the ninth, pitching a perfect frame, racking up two strikeouts, lowering his ERA for 2013 to 3.18.

Bats Get Hot to Support Halladay

With a line-up that featured six players ending the day with batting averages between .178 and .248, the Phillies attacked Diamondbacks pitching early and often. The Phils responded to a 1-0 first inning deficit in the bottom half with a Darin Ruf RBI single and two-run double from Cody Asche. Kevin Frandsen followed Asche with an RBI ground out.

With the game now 4-2, John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer, scoring Frandsen, in the fourth. Chase Utley made the game 7-2 with an RBI single with the bases loaded as a pinch hitter off of starter Patrick Corbin  in the sixth, followed by a two-run double by Roger Bernadina off of  Heath Bell. The onslaught of offense pinned nine runs, eight earned on second-year starter Patrick Corbin’s ERA 0.35 points.

Transactional Odds and Ends

To make room for Halladay, the Phillies optioned starter Tyler Cloyd to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phils also optioned reliever Luis Garcia (5.59 ERA) and replaced him with J.C. Ramirez. Ramirez had a poor eighth inning, today, giving up one walk and four hits, including a three-run A.J. Pollock homer.

The Phillies wrapped up their nine game homestand against the NL West with a 6-3 mark, including four walk-off wins. They travel to Citi Field tomorrow to start a four game set against the Mets.




  1. joe a

    August 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Can anyone project when Doc’s next home game will be?

    • Ken Bland

      August 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Wednesday, September 4 against Washington’s a pretty good bet.

  2. Chuckie Manuel

    August 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I think he will start next Friday. The rest should be long enough for him to regain his strength. I see Doc pitching for another six to eight years. He’ll be sorta like Jamie Moyer, but with better stuff. I believe he will get 300 wins, as well. Look for Doc to get about eight more starts, and five more wins this year. He will be much stronger in 2014, but probably will test the free agent market and land a job with a contender for around $10 million with an option for another $10 million in 2015 should he win 15 games, which he will win. Amaro will lose Halladay because he is both cheap and stupid. But please remember that I hold no grudge against the little sniveling lying coward. Baseball, is, after all, baseball.

  3. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Winner winner
    Chicken dinner

    Doc benefited from so good defense.

    Team is definitely playing better.
    A little discipline can go along way.

    With the fastball in the mid 80s I am very skeptical of long term success.
    But if anyone could morph into a good finesse player I guess its doc.

    I just hope if he is offered a contract here it is not for more than 1 year.

    Kind of pisses me off the lack of effort they were giving Charlie really shows now.

    I am enjoying it though now.

    Mets 4 game series is the biggest series since 2008.

    Go phils!

    • schmenkman

      August 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      “A little discipline can go along way.”
      “Kind of pisses me off the lack of effort they were giving Charlie really shows now.”

      No offense, but (no surprise), I think these two sentences are bull.

      The Phils were playing well before the ASB. Then they were playing badly after the ASB. Now they’re playing well again.

      They are a mediocre team who sometimes plays well, and sometimes doesn’t. Attributing anything to so called “discipline” and confusing success with “effort” is, IMO, a mistake.

  4. Joe a

    August 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Let’s remember that a string of the ugly losses post break came against the Cards and Tigers, not the Rocks and Dbacks. And some were without Dom and Cliff.

  5. Frank Why

    August 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Well, the Phils are not a MLB quality team. No surprise there. How good are the new and newer guys? It is easy to get caught up in a few wins, a few good at bats. Loyal fans are ever hopeful. I am less concerned about the guys on the field than the mysterious people making personnel decisions for the Phils.

  6. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Regardless of the finish of the season.

    I am very hopeful that Ruben will not be back in 2014.

    The powers that be must see what the common poster on a blog can see.

  7. teejvee

    August 26, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Ruben won’t have much to do in 2014.
    The Phillies 2014 lineup is already set. Howard, Utley, Rollins, Asche, Brown,Revere,Ruf,Ruiz.
    The rotation will be Hamels, Lee, Halladay,KEndrick and ( who cares)

    Therefore he can concentrate all his efforts on the bullpen.

  8. Brooks

    August 26, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Last Phillies “comfortable” win wound up being the catalyst for a night,are of a streak the likes of which we have not seen for a very long time. I hope yesterday’s win will not result in the same.
    I do agree with Andew that Doc’s mid-80’s fastball doesn’t evoke much confidence.
    Has there been silly speculation on the number of losses the Phil’s willmwind up with yet? If so, I missed out – I’ll go with 92

  9. Lefty

    August 26, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Since Doc was rushed to the big club before he was scheduled to, I know I’ll take the results for sure. As for velocity, father time has no favorites, you reach a certain age where it doesn’t come back. I know this personally. But there are two kinds of decline, the slow and sure kind, and the “fall off the cliff” kind. My eyes tell me the same thing fangraphs’ velocity charts do, that we’re watching Doc have the normal slow type that is expected at this age.

    The surgery, while it may take away discomfort, will not bring back a mid 90’s FB, it just won’t, not at 36 years old. So then the question is, can he adapt and become a finesse pitcher. I hope so, he is one of my favorite pitchers of all time. I’d like to see them sign him to a one year deal if a reasonable number can be reached, and if he pitches reasonably well through September.

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