Roy Halladay has had an amazing start to his career as a Phillie, but the magic ran out last night in San Francisco. His fifth outing with the Phils wasn’t the dominant performance he had given the Phillies in his first four. The Phillies also scored one run in the game and the combination of a rare weak start by Halladay and one run proved not to be a winner.
Despite allowing five runs in seven innings last night, Halladay is 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA and an 0.98 ratio through five starts. He’s thrown 40 innings through 19 games. Assuming he will also have thrown 40 innings through 23 games that would put him on a pace to throw about 281 2/3 innings for the season.
Victorino, who has started slow this year, had a great game filling in for Jimmy Rollins in the leadoff spot. He started two innings with a double and another with a single. It didn’t help the Phillies score a whole lot of runs as 4-5-6 in the Phillies order combined to go 0-for-9 and left 18 men on base. Howard and Werth both had big strikeouts in the game and Francisco came up empty in two big chances with the bases loaded.
The Phillies are 11-8 on the season after losing to the Giants last night, 5-1.
Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on ten hits and no walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a home run. He struck out five.
Edgar Renteria and Pablo Sandoval singled back-to-back with one out in the first. It put men on first and second for Aubrey Huff and Huff hit a ground ball to first. Valdez threw to first for the second out with the runners moving up to second and third. Halladay got ahead of not-Phil Mark DeRosa 1-2, but DeRosa hit a 3-2 pitch into left for a single. Renteria scored and Sandoval scored ahead of the throw from Francisco in left, putting the Giants up 2-0. DeRosa tried for second as Francisco’s throw came home, but Ruiz threw him out at second to end the inning.
John Bowker doubled with one out in the second. Eli Whiteside hit behind him and delivered a double as well, scoring Bowker to put San Francisco up 3-0. Halladay got the next two hitters to leave Whiteside stranded at second.
Halladay threw a 1-2-3 third and a 1-2-3 fourth.
He started the bottom of the fifth with the lead cut to 3-1. Andres Torres reached on a bunt single with two outs and went to second on a wild pitch with Renteria at the plate. Halladay struck Renteria out swinging for the third out.
Sandoval doubled to start the sixth and came in to score when Huff followed with a single. 4-1. Halladay got the next three to leave Huff stranded.
Whiteside started the seventh with a homer to left, his second extra-base hit of the day off of Halladay put San Francisco up 5-1. Halladay got the next two before Renteria singled to right. Sandoval flew to right to end the inning.
Bastardo pitched the eighth. He walked DeRosa with one out but got the next two hitters behind him. He has a 1.69 through seven appearances.
Bastardo threw 17 pitches in the game.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Jonathan Sanchez went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Francisco (7) Valdez (8) Ruiz. Victorino leads off with Rollins on the DL. Valdez plays short with Rollins’s backup Castro sidelined with a hamstring problem. Francisco in left against the lefty with Ibanez on the bench.
Polanco singled with one out in the first and moved to second when Utley followed with a walk. Howard flew to center and Werth struck out to leave them both stranded.
Ruiz walked with two outs in the second. Halladay grounded to second behind him.
Victorino doubled to left to start the third with the Phillies down 3-0. Polanco lined to center for the first out, but Utley was hit by a pitch and Howard walked to load the bases for Werth with one out. Werth struck out and Francisco flew to right.
Awful strikeout for Werth, who had left five men on base through the first three innings. No run for the Phils with one out and the bases loaded.
The Phils went in order in the fourth.
Victorino singled to start the fifth and moved to second when Polanco followed with a walk. With Utley at the plate they pulled off a double-steal. Utley grounded to first, bringing Victorino home to cut the San Francisco lead to 3-1 with one out and a man on third. Howard struck out for the second out and Francisco flew to left to end the frame.
Victorino and Polanco again get on base at the top of the order, just like they did in the first and the third. Phillies don’t get much out of it. Like in the third, a big strikeout for the Phils with a man on third and less than two outs. This time it came from Howard.
Polanco walked. I double-checked. Two for the year.
The Phils went in order in the sixth.
Victorino started the seventh with another double, but Polanco struck out behind him. Lefty Jeremy Affeldt came in to pitch to Utley and walked him. It put men on first and second for Howard and Howard grounded out to second with the runners moving to second and third. Werth walked to load the bases yet again and Francisco struck out.
Victorino again does his best to get it started. Francisco left eight men on base in the game.
The Phils went in order in the eighth. Gload hit for Valdez and Dobbs hit for Halladay against righty Sergio Romo. Didn’t help.
Romo was back for the ninth. Victorino struck out, Polanco flew to right and Utley struck out.
Victorino had a big game at the top of the order. 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles.
Polanco was 1-for-4 with a walk.
Utley was 0-for-2 with an RBI and walked twice.
Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and a big strikeout.
Werth was 0-for-2 and walked twice with two strikeouts, one of which was bigger than the other.
Francisco was 0-for-4 to drop his average on the year to .176. I still think giving him a chance against lefties every so often is a really good idea. Didn’t have a good day yesterday.
Valdez was 0-for-3 and is 2-for-12 with the Phils.
Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s on pace to walk 102 times this season.
Jamie Moyer (2-1, 5.00) faces righty Todd Wellemeyer (0-3, 8.16) tonight while you’re sleeping. Moyer comes off his only good start of the year in which he allowed two unearned runs over six innings against the Braves. Wellemeyer has had three bad starts and has walked 11 in 14 1/3 innings on the season.
The Phillies have signed Ryan Howard to a five-year, $125 million contract extension.