I think it’s pretty safe to assume that Roy Halladay is going to be great for the Phillies this year. Not every time out, though. Yesterday was one of the days he wasn’t. Pitching on a cold day in Colorado, Halladay allowed a ton of hits in the game and his pitch count got elevated early. He didn’t go seven innings for the first time in eight starts as a Phillie and the Phils lost the game in extra-innings. Miguel Olivo hit Chad Durbin’s first pitch of the tenth out to left to win the game for the Rockies. It was Olivo’s fifth hit of the day.
The Phillies are 20-13 after losing to the Rockies 4-3 in ten innings yesterday.
Halladay started for the Phils and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on ten hits and two walks. Only two of the runs were earned. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a triple. He struck out four and threw 121 pitches in the game.
Carlos Gonzalez and Seth Smith started the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles. Melvin Mora bunted back to the pitcher for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. Brad Hawpe was next and he hit a fly ball to left field. Ibanez made a nice sliding catch for the second out, then popped up and tried to throw Gonzalez out tagging from third. Nice play by Ibanez, but Gonzalez was safe and the Rockies led 1-0. Todd Helton walked to put men on first and second for Colorado, but Halladay got Ian Stewart on a fly ball to center to end the inning.
Miguel Olivo led off the second and lined a single to left. Halladay struck Clint Barmes out swinging for the first out and Olivo was gunned down trying to steal with the pitcher Aaron Cook at the plate for the second out. Cook struck out looking to set Colorado down.
Like they did in the first, Gonzalez and Smith singled back-to-back to start the third. Again it put men on first and second for Mora. Mora didn’t bunt this time, though, flying to center for the first out as Gonzalez moved to third. Halladay struck Hawpe out looking at a 3-2 pitch for the second out. Helton flew to left for the third out.
Big strikeout of the lefty Hawpe with one out and men on first and third.
The game was tied at 1-1 when Colorado came to bat in the bottom of the fourth. Stewart led off with a single. Olivo was next and drove a ball to left-center for a double. Stewart would have scored easily, but the ball bounced over the wall for a ground rule double. With Barmes at the plate, Halladay delivered a pitch that Hoover didn’t handle cleanly. The ball was in the dirt near the plate and Stewart tried to score from third, but Hoover tagged him out easily for the first out. Olivo went to third with one out. Halladay put Barmes in an 1-2 hole, but lost him and the walk put men on first and third for Cook. Cook bunted back to the mound. Halladay fielded, looked Olivo back to third and threw Cook out as Barmes went to second. Gonzalez grounded to first for the third out.
Two gifts in the frame for the Phils. First the ball bounces over the wall on Olivo’s double, which keeps Stewart from scoring easily. Then Stewart gives them an out trying to score on the ball in the dirt. So no run for Colorado with a single, a double and a walk in the inning.
Four innings, four times the Rockies had gotten their leadoff man on base.
Halladay had a 3-1 lead when he started the fifth. With one out, Eric Young Jr, who took over for Mora at second when Mora had to leave the game in the fourth, hit a ground ball to Utley. Utley should have made the play, but the ball went under his glove for his fourth error of the season. Hawpe moved Young to second with a ground out. With Helton at the plate, Halladay delivered a pitch in the dirt that bounced over Hoover and allowed Young to go to third. Helton lined to Werth to end the inning.
Halladay had thrown 92 pitches through five innings.
Olivo singled to left with one out in the sixth. Barmes flew to center for the second out. Righty Ryan Spilborghs hit for the pitcher Cook and grounded to short for the third out.
Gonzalez started the seventh with a single and Smith lined out to left behind him. Young hit a ball to first. Howard fielded and threw to second, but his throw was in the dirt and Valdez couldn’t handle it. Howard was charged with an error and the Rockies had men on first and second with one out. Hawpe blasted a ball over the head of Werth and Werth fumbled it trying to pick it up. Both runners scored, tying the game at 3-3, with Hawpe safe at third with a triple. The play was originally called a double and an error on Werth, but the scoring was changed to get it wrong. With one out and a man on third, Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Helton. Helton lined to Howard for the second out. His fellow lefty Stewart lined to Utley to end the inning.
Two misplays in the inning for the Phils. The ball that Young hit might not have been a double-play given his speed, but it least should have been one. Howard is really, really awful at throwing the ball. Werth should have been charged with an error but wasn’t.
On the plus side, Romero faced two lefties, including one with a man on third and one out, and got them both out. Line drives or not, it looks good in the box score.
Baez started the eighth. Olivo led off with a single and Barmes bunted him to second. Switch-hitter Dexter Fowler hit for the pitcher Matt Belisle and drew a walk. It put men on first and second with one down, but Baez got Gonzalez on a popup to short and Smith on a fly ball to left.
Nice job by Baez to get two lefties with two men on and one out. The Phils were out of left-handed relievers after Romero left the game.
Durbin pitched the ninth and allowed a two-out walk to Helton. He struck Stewart out behind him to end the inning. Valdez made a nice play to get the first out of the inning on a ground ball hit by Young. Colorado manager Jim Tracy was ejected for arguing that Young was safe on the play.
Durbin came back to start the tenth. Olivo hit his first pitch of the inning out to left to give Colorado a 4-3 win.
Durbin threw 23 pitches in the game, Baez 15 and Romero 11. That’s not going to matter with an off-day today, but might have if they actually played two games yesterday.
The Phillies lineup against righty Aaron Cook went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Valdez continues to play short with Rollins on the DL and Castro on the bench. Ruiz stays in the seven-hole despite being one of the hottest hitters in the league.
Polanco and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the first. It put men on first and second for Howard and Howard hit a double-play ball to Mora at second. Colorado didn’t get two, though, as Mora dropped the ball and had to settle for throwing to first to get Howard as the runners moved to second and third with two down. Werth struck out swinging to leave both men stranded.
The Phils started the second losing 1-0. Cook set Ibanez, Ruiz and Valdez down on three ground balls.
Polanco walked with two outs in the third, but Utley grounded to second behind him.
A walk. To Polanco. Number four on the year. It put him two ahead of Moyer for the season. I’m pretty sure (okay, positive) that Polanco is going to walk more than Moyer for the season, but Moyer’s career walk rate is better. Coming into the games yesterday, Moyer had walked in 33 of his 466 career plate appearances (7.1%) and Polanco had walked in 317 of his 6,156 of his (5.1%). So it’s not even very close. Moyer won’t be able to hang in overall walks for long given that Polanco looks sure to get at least 550 more plate appearances this season.
Howard lined a single to right to start the fourth. Werth was next and he lined a ball into center. Gonzalez took an odd angle trying to track it down and the ball rolled past him. Werth had a double and Howard scored to tie the game at 1-1 with Werth on second and nobody out. Ibanez followed with a walk. Ruiz smashed a ball, but right at Stewart who tagged third and threw to second to complete the double-play. With two outs and a man on first, Valdez doubled to right. Ruiz would have scored, but pulled into third limping. He left the game with Hoover coming in to run for him. Halladay got a chance with two outs and men on second and third, but grounded to short to leave both runners stranded.
Polanco doubled to left with one out in the fifth. Utley followed and slapped a ball over Stewart’s head at third for a single. Polanco scored to put the Phils up 2-1. Howard lined a single into center and Utley moved to second. Cook hit Werth on the shoulder and the bases were loaded. Ibanez hit a fly ball to left for the second out, deep enough for Utley to tag and score. 3-1 with two down and men on first and second for Hoover. Hoover struck out looking to leave both runners stranded.
Valdez, Halladay and Victorino went in order in the sixth.
Utley singled with one out in the seventh, but Howard and Werth were retired behind him.
Valdez singled to right with two outs in the eighth and the game now tied at 3-3. With righty Matt Belisle on the mound, Dobbs hit for Romero and struck out to drop his average on the year to .179.
The Phils went in order in the ninth.
Howard singled to start the tenth. Werth was next and hit a ground ball to third. Howard was forced at second for the first out. Ibanez hit into a double-play to end the frame.
Victorino was 0-for-5.
Polanco 2-for-4 with a walk and a double.
Utley 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Werth was 1-for-4 with a double and four men left on base.
Ibanez 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
Ruiz 0-for-2 and left the game early. Hoover was 0-for-2 and struck out twice.
Valdez 2-for-4 with a double.
Ruiz is day-to-day with a sprained knee. Things would have gotten pretty interesting if Hoover had gotten hurt yesterday. Even if he hadn’t he probably would have been pretty tired by the end of game two had it happened.
Lidge has been sent back to Philadelphia to have his right elbow examined.
It turns out to be easier to argue that you’re not stealing signs before they photograph your bullpen coach with binoculars.
No game today. The Phils play the Brewers on Friday.