After Roy Halladay began his first outing of the year by giving up 3 runs in the first inning, it was apparent that things were not headed in a good direction. Pitching in the sloppy, cold rain did not help either, but it was the perfect metaphor for what was about to unfold for the Phillies. It was indeed a sad rainy and dreary day.
Halladay did not even make it past the 4th inning. In 3 1/3, he put the Phils in a 5-0 hole. And then Raul Valdes added 2 more for the Braves in that 4th inning, to make matters worse.
But I refuse to spew bad things about the Doc. I will give him 3 strikes, as is appropriate, before I count him out. While this should not happen, 3 bad starts in a row would signal the beginning of the end.
However, let’s not even go there. On the bright side, Halladay did strike out 9 batters in just 3 1/3 innings. And he totally made the day for Braves rookie, Evan Gattis, who pounded a home run off Doc for his very first major league at-bat. There is night he won’t forget. Halladay is clearly a generous man.
Was that stretching for a bit of good news? Probably. But it is preferable to hanging my head and crying into my oatmeal over 1 starting pitching performance.
On the other hand, this is going to be a very long 5 days…
The Phillies have one last hope to grab a game from the Braves tonight…Cliff Lee takes the mound at 7:10pm.