Halladay 3-0, Phils win despite second straight shaky 'pen performance
They often say rain is the great equalizer of talent in sports. If that is the case, then it must really be Roy Halladay's only weakness. Halladay pitched a great game. We've become so accustomed to his simply dominating performances that allowing 8 hits and only striking out 5 just seems unlike him. In the Phillies 8-6 win over the Marlins, Roy was effecient as always. He only threw 100 pitches in 8 innings and already picked up his third win of the season. The pitcher who was almost on the hook for blowing this one was rule 5 pick David Herndon. Herndon has pitched great all spring and in the early season but he was simply blasted to the tune of 4 earned runs in one third of an inning. What had been an 8-1 lead, quickly became Ryan Madson's 3rd save of the season. Hopefully, this can be written off as just a bad night since it was David's 5th game of the season and only his first earned runs.
At the plate, Chase Utley continued his hot start to the season as he always does. He went 2 for 3 with his 6th home run and 12th RBI. Utley is not only hitting .368, but his on base percentage is a spectacular .510. Placido Polanco also launched his second dinger of the season along with his 12th RBI. Juan Castro also went 2 for 3 on the night with 3 RBI giving him 6 for the season and is hitting .400 since taking over for J-Roll.
The Phils will look to continue their dominant April tonight at 7:05 when Jamie Moyer takes on Ricky Nolasco.
In injury news, Joe Blanton will make his first rehab start on tuesday in Clearwater. Barring a setback, he'll be back in about 2 weeks. JC Romero continued to look strong as he threw a clean inning in Lehigh Valley. Brad Lidge will make another appearence today in Clearwater.