Roy Halladay got his second win as a Phillie today and his first complete game.
Even after going over 100 pitches by the 8th inning, this Iron Man had no intentions of stopping there. Halladay finished the game with only 1 run allowed on 7 hits and did not walk a batter. He even had a hit in the game. All the man needs now is a super-awesome Titanium Plasma Cannon and he will truly be invincible.
The offense was finally slowed down today; for the first time this year, they scored less than 5 runs and only 6 hits in the 2-1 win. Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt had a bit to do with that, although Jimmy Rollins paid him no mind. J-Roll hit the 2nd pitch of the game over the right field wall and had another hit later in the game. The other 3 hits came from Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez. Carlos Ruiz collected the 2nd RBI with a sacrifice.
No bullpen to chat about today, thanks to Halladay. But we do have 3 pitchers rehabbing right now; JC Romero is looking good and has pitched twice in rehab assignments without giving up a run. The polar opposite of this is Brad Lidge, who pitched only 2/3 of an inning in a minor league game and allowed 4 runs. Between the off-season surgeries, recent cortisone injection in his elbow and this lack-luster performace, Lidge may be a big problem this year. He has not looked healthy since the 2008 World Series and shows no signs of improving anytime soon.
Joe Blanton is also working back from an oblique strain, the first real injury of his career. So far, that is going well but no time table has been given as to when he might start throwing off a mound.
The long-awaited Home Opener will be tomorrow afternoon at 3:05pm with Cole Hamels pitching against the Nationals. Hope to see you there!
Photoshopping by Jenn