For the second consecutive night, the first hit of the game for the Phillies came off the bat of the starting pitcher. Unlike last night, that hit by Roy Halladay was not the only hit of the night. Singles by Jimmy Rollins and then Placido Polanco scored Halladay, marking the first run in 38 2/3 innings for the Phillies at Citi Field in NY.
Halladay was on fire tonight. His dominance was very evident in the 4th inning when, after allowing a lead-off triple to Jose Reyes, Halladay buckled down and got the next 3 batters out without allowing Reyes to score. Halladay went 8 innings, allowing only 4 hits, no walks and he struck out 7.
And although the Phillies offense is still not quite clicking in NY, the Mets defense gave them a much needed boost. I was so moved by their play, I just had to write a love letter in their honor:
Dear Mets Defense,
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your efforts tonight. Those three errors and three unearned runs for the Phillies truly exceeded my expectations.
Watching an easy grounder dribble through the legs of All-Star third baseman David Wright was inspiring. I nearly shed a happy tear.
Though you may sometimes feel underappreciated, do not fret. We, the Phillies fans, are very thankful for your hard work and dedication to mediocrity. And if you can repeat the same performance tomorrow night as well, I promise to be your best friend…for at least one day.
Don’t you feel all warm and fuzzy inside now? I know I do.
So last night the Mets shut out the Phillies; tonight, the Phillies returned the favor with a 4-0 win behind the arm of Halladay. The final game of this series with the Mets is tomorrow night at 8:05pm.
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