Halladay Goes the Distance, Sinks Braves

6 Jul

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It only took Roy 92 pitches to put the Braves on ice for the night.  Halladay threw another complete game and improved his record to 10 and 7 with a 2.93 ERA. Roy allowed five hits and struck out seven to record his second straight complete game.

Other then a homer that was aided by 100 degree weather from mother nature off the bat of Larry Jones AKA Chipper, Roy was superior to the Braves strong lineup.

Run support came to Roy from the unlikely source of Greg Dobbs and Juan Castro.  Dobbs smacked a 2 run homer in the 6th and Castro padded the lead in the 8th knocking in Jayson Werth who was sitting at third.  The offense had trouble again tonight but let’s be fair, Derek Lowe is a good sinker ball pitcher and didn’t leave too many balls up… Other then the one to Dobbs.

In other news…. Chase Utley answered a few questions to reporters on Monday regarding his thoughts on his surgery and the All-Star selections. Chase commented that he was happy to be honored and selected to his 5th straight All-Star game but his focus now is on getting healthy.  When asked if he thought he if he could return sooner his answer was “Absolutely.”

Hey, and I’m happy to be a fan of Ryan Howard.  Howard says he’s going to skip the Home Run Derby.  Howard didn’t give a reason but word is that he wants to concentrate on his health and swing so that this team can put together his strongest effort for the second half of the season.  Go Howard!  That’s what you want to see from the guy you just gave a huge contract to, the desire to push harder. 

Side Notes –

Ryan Madson – Madson will pitch again on Tuesday at Lehigh Valley and barring any complications he can be back to the big club as early as Wednesday. 

Chooch – Chooch was cleared to resume Baseball activities.

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