The Phillies have won five games this year and Roy Halladay has started three of them. Last night the Phils got four early runs and cruised behind Halladay’s arm after that as they topped the Giants 5-2.
In 23 innings for the season, Halladay has allowed 14 hits and four walks (that’s an 0.78 ratio). Last night he allowed more than one run in a start for the first time in three outings.
As a group, the starting pitchers for the Phillies this season have thrown to a 2.54 ERA and an 0.95 ratio.
The Phillies are 5-5 on the year after beating the San Francisco Giants 5-2 yesterday.
Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out six and his ERA for the year rose to 1.17 with the outing.
He started the bottom of the first up 4-0. Switch-hitter Angel Pagan led off with a single and moved to second when switch-hitter Melky Cabrera walked behind him. Switch-hitter Pablo Sandoval was next and he lined to second for the first out. Righty Buster Posey moved everyone up a base with an infield single, loading the bases for lefty Aubrey Huff. Huff hit a fly ball to right that Pence took for the second out, but it was deep enough for Pagan to score from third (4-1) and Cabrera to move up to third. Halladay got ahead of Belt 0-2, but then threw four straight balls to walk him and load the bases up again, this time for lefty Brandon Crawford. Halladay got Crawford swinging 0-2 to leave them loaded.
Again Halladay has some problems in the first inning. Through three starts, opponents are hitting .462 against him in the first inning and under .200 in every other inning.
Switch-hitter Emmanuel Burriss flew to left for the first out of the second. Pitcher Tim Lincecum grounded to third for the second out before Pagan struck out looking.
Posey singled with two outs in the third, but Halladay got Huff on a softly hit ball to Galvis to end the inning.
The Phillies were up 5-1 when Belt led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to left. Crawford was next and doubled to left, sending Belt to third. Burriss struck out swinging for the first out, but Lincecum followed and grounded out to third, bringing Belt home to cut the lead to 5-2. Pagan flew to right for the third out.
Sandoval hit a ball up the first base line that hit the bag for a single with one out in the fifth. Halladay struck Posey out looking for the second out before Huff walked on five pitches, putting runners on first and second for Belt. Belt struck out looking 2-2 to leave both men stranded.
Halladay got the first two in the sixth before lefty Nate Schierholtz hit for Lincecum. Halladay got Schierholtz on a fly ball to center for the third out.
He set Pagan, Cabrera and Sandoval down in order in the seventh.
Posey started the eighth with a single to left on a ball deflected by Polanco at third. Halladay set down Huff, Belt and Crawford behind him.
Papelbon started the ninth. He was pitching for the second straight day after throwing 26 pitches with a six-run lead on Sunday against the Mets. Really.
Went well, though. Burriss flew to center for the first out. Lefty Gregor Blanco hit for the pitcher Jeremy Affeldt and grounded to first for the second. Pagan singled to right and took second on defensive indifference, but Cabrera grounded to second to end the game.
Papelbon has now thrown for two straight days, including Sunday night’s absurd outing. He has allowed a run in five innings for the year, but opponents are hitting .300 against him.
The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Lincecum went (1) Pierre (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Victorino (6) Nix (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Pierre leads off and plays left against the righty. The lefty Nix at first with righties Mayberry and Wigginton on the bench. Polanco shouldn’t be hitting second and especially not against righties.
On cue, Polanco doubled to right with one out in the first and Rollins walked behind him. Pence was next and lined a single into center, scoring Polanco (1-0) and moving Rollins up to second. Victorino followed that with a single into center, scoring Rollins (2-0) and sending Pence to second for Nix. Nix doubled into right and the ball rolled to the wall, clearing the bases and putting the Phils up 4-0. Ruiz moved Nix up to third with a ground out, but Galvis struck out to leave him there.
First extra-base hit of the year for Polanco. Second big double for Nix in two games.
The lead was cut to 4-1 when the Phils went in order in the second.
Rollins, Pence and Victorino went in order in the third.
Galvis lined a double to right with two outs in the fourth. Halladay followed that with a single into right, scoring Galvis to make it 5-1. Pierre grounded to second to set the Phillies down.
Galvis went 0-for-10 to start the season. Since then he has hit 333/333/619 in 21 plate appearances with three doubles and a home run.
It was 5-2 when the Phillies hit in the fifth. Pence and Victorino singled back-to-back with two outs, putting men on first and second for Nix. Nix grounded to first to leave them stranded.
Lincecum set the Phillies down in order in the sixth.
Righty Dan Otero started the seventh. He hit Polanco with one out, but got Rollins and Pence behind him.
Otero was back for the eighth. With one out, Nix reached on a fielding error by Crawford at short. Ruiz moved Nix up to second with a single. Galvis hit a ball to second with Ruiz forced at second for the second out and runners safe at the corners. Halladay hit for himself and grounded to the pitcher to end the game.
Halladay hits for himself having thrown 100 pitches in the game with two outs, men on the corners and the Phils up 5-2. Phillies have lefties Thome, Schneider and Orr on the bench. Halladay already has an RBI-single in the game. Think I would have hit Thome for him, but it all worked out fine. I think I might have tried harder to keep Papelbon out of the game coming off of 26 pitches on Sunday.
Lefty Jeremy Affeldt pitched the ninth, setting the Phillies down in order. Mayberry hit for Pierre and struck out for the first out of the inning.
Pierre was 0-for-4 in the game. He’s 7-for-24 with seven singles and no walks for the year (292/292/292).
Polanco was 1-for-4 with a double, his first extra-base hit of the year, to raise his average to .200. He has one walk on the season, so the top two in the Phillies order in the game end the day having walked once in 61 plate appearances.
Rollins 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. He came into the game 11-for-25 with a six-game hitting streak.
Pence was 2-for-4 with an RBI. He’s 4-for-his-last-8.
Victorino 2-for-4 with an RBI as well. He’s hitting .316, but still just has one extra-base hit on the year (a home run off of Mark Buehrle).
Nix 1-for-4 with two RBI. 2-for-his-last-7 with a walk, two doubles and three RBI.
Ruiz was 1-for-4. He’s hitting .208 over his last 25 plate appearances after going 4-for-6 to start the season.
Galvis 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. He leads the team with four extra-base hits (three doubles and a home run).
Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35) faces lefty Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97) tonight in game two of the set. Blanton was great in his only start of the season, holding the Marlins to a run over seven innings. Bumgarner has made two starts, allowing four runs against the Diamondback over four innings in the first and holding the Rockies to a run over 7 1/3 innings his most recent time out.