Halladay Masterful – Chooch/Francisco Go Yard

4 Aug

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Tuesday began with a blow to the Phillies system yet again.  Ryan Howard would be placed on the 15 day disabled list. How much more of a blow is that?  What can this team do to rebound?

Send Roy Halladay to the mound.

The Phillies Ace has been getting his run support (6 or more in the last three games).  His ERA in his last 3 starts? 0.75.  Halladay leads the league in innings pitched, complete games, and Shutouts. He’s second in strike outs (158).  I think he’s my choice of guys to bring the Phillies some hope on a gloomy day.

The offense came alive in the second. Bang! Bang!  Back-to-Back homers off Minor League call up Sean West for Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz.  Halladay helped his own cause with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth, one batter after West walked Wilson Valdez intentionally which load the bases.

“Two outs with men on base, I’m just trying to get three swings. That’s
my goal,” said Halladay. “If I get
a ball in the zone and doink one in, I’ll take it.”

_aug32.jpgRuiz had a four hit night with a homer, double and two singles.  It was his second 4 hit game this season.  Raul Ibanez who was listed as questionable before the game did start and went 1-4 with a run scored and a walk.

The Phils were playing a little small ball again and capitalized on a bunch of fielding errors from the Marlins.  The ball that Cody Ross misplayed in center and the one that went through Uggla’s legs are great gag real contenders.

Roy went seven innings and allowed just five hits and a run while walking
one and striking out nine. He lowered his ERA to 2.17, second best in
the majors.  That’s domination.  He’s making a run at the Cy Young, but he has one already.  He wants a ring.

Chad Durbin pitched two very good scoreless innings to secure the win. 

aug33.jpgThe Phillies probably have their biggest obstacle to over come with Howard out of the line up.  If you think about it Ryan is like 1 1/2 players.  Batting fourth in the line up is hard.  You’re clean-up as they say, and you put more pressure on the pitcher then anyone else.  Removing a big guy like that makes Werth our fourth, and he’s pretty streaky right now, but has been much better.

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