It seems that Roy Halladay is at the center of every conversation that involves the Philadelphia Phillies, and with good reason. No one is quite sure what to expect from him this year, and the future Hall-of-Famer showed just why he will be a first rounder.
Doc will get credit for a complete game, though he only pitched 7 innings. He made two mistakes all night, and those two mistakes landed into the stands. That’s ok, I’ll take those mistakes to get the rest of his pitching performance any day of the week.
It helped that he had 5 runs to work with after the first inning. Those 5 runs started with Chase Utley drawing a 2-out walk, 4 games after their Phillies last walk. Incidentally, the was after Ruben Amaro Jr went off about how he doesn’t care about walks, but about production. Clearly he doesn’t understand how walks can be beneficial.
Ty Wigginton really helped the Phillies tonight. It took for him to be on another team to do that. On what should have been an easy grounder to third and ending the inning, turned into 2 runs for the Phillies as he overthrew first base. Ben Revere followed with an RBI triple, his first multi-base hit of the year, and I would love to see more of it.
Domonic Brown is still sitting after straining a muscle, so of course Freddy Galvis is playing Left Field. I mean, of course he is. I have to hand it to the kid, he can flat out play defense, but, well, his offense… Also, so one should probably teach him how to make sliding catches in the outfield. I’m kind of surprised that he didn’t break his wrist here:
The Phillies would win the game 8-2 and it was a beautiful victory. I want a lot more of them. Now, let’s hope that they saved some runs for Cliff Lee tomorrow…