Roy Halladay Doesn’t Disappoint, But Offense Does As Phillies Fall 2-1BREAKING NEWS, MLB, National League, News, Phillies Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
On paper, Tuesday night’s Phillies-Marlins game looked like it was going to be a low scoring affair. With a pair of aces opposing each other on the mound, it didn’t seem like many runs would be scored. Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson were both as good as advertised.
In the top of the 2nd inning, Johnson started the inning by giving up a homerun to Ryan Howard. The 27-year old pitcher then gave up a double to Raul Ibanez, hit Ben Francisco with a pitch, and walked Pete Orr. It could have been a terrible inning for the Oklahoma native, but he was able to keep his composure, and get out of the inning without giving up anymore runs, striking out Dane Sardinha and Roy Halladay, and forcing Jimmy Rollins to ground out.
Johnson loaded the bases again in the 3rd inning, but once again worked his way out of trouble, getting Pete Orr to ground out to end the inning. He finished the night after throwing seven innings, allowing one run on six hits, striking out seven, and walking three batters.
The Phillies offense can be blamed for letting Johnson off of the hook, but it shows a lot about the young ace’s composure and ability that he was able to work out of both of those jams without allowing runs to score.
While the Cy Young Award winner pitched well enough to win, he ended up taking the loss for several reasons. First, the offense couldn’t deliver the knockout punch to Johnson in either of the innings that they had the bases loaded. The Phillies lineup has been hot and cold all season, and unfortunately for Halladay this would be one of the cold nights for the bats.
Then in the third inning, the Phillies’ ace made a critical mistake, issuing a walk to Johnson, the first time Halladay had walked a pitcher in his career. He would later come around to score on a sacrifice fly.
It was a game where both teams would have very little room for errors. The two aces came up with exceptional outings. Though neither starter was exactly dominating, it was impressive to watch both pitchers work their way out of trouble throughout the game. Roy Halladay didn’t make many mistakes, but the few that he did make turned out to be the difference in the game. Josh Johnson was better at working out of trouble in this game than his opponent was, and the Marlins dealt Halladay his second loss of the season.
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