Last night’s Phillies game against the Atlanta Braves ended with the Phillies losing in the 11th inning by a score of 15-13. So yes the loss sucked but a bigger concern was Roy Halladay‘s abysmal start.
The Phillies had a 6-run lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning but to say it wasn’t Halladay’s night would be an understatement. In that inning, Doc gave up six runs which included a grand slam courtesy of Brian McCann then proceeded to allow two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. So after giving up a total of 12 hits and eight earned runs, Doc’s night was over.
After he was yanked, Halladay looked visibly agitated and upset when he reached the dugout. And now we hear that Halladay has left the team for a private family matter. However, he is expected to rejoin the team in Washington, D.C. on Friday night. And remains on the schedule to start Monday night in Philadelphia.
This is shades of what happened to Roy Oswalt last year when he left the team for personal reasons. However, as good as Oswalt once was or is, he is no where near the caliber pitcher that Doc is, so I have all the faith in the world that Halladay will come back strong and put last night’s game and whatever else might be going on, behind him.
Phillies and the Braves are currently playing, which was a 12:10 pm EDT start. The game can be seen on Philadelphia Comcast Sportsnet.
Heather Carnassale is Contributing Phillies Writer for Aerys Sports. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on twitter @heatherc531 and @viewfromsec116.