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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Game 19: Halladay loses (11-8)

All of a sudden, the Phillies are human. Their ace was 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA entering tonight's game; yet they are only 11-8 after their 5-1 loss to the Giants tonight. LHP Jonathan Sanchez struggled against the Phils lineup, but he only allowed 1 run over 6 innings. Halladay allowed all 5 runs in 7 innings. Giants' catcher Eli Whiteside, who sounds more like a nineteenth century tobacco tycoon than a pro athlete, went 2 for 3 a home run.

The manager made no real mistakes tonight; 3 of Halladay's runs came in the first two innings, and it was not wrong to leave Halladay in for 7 innings. Ben Francisco started and batted sixth, and his final three at-bats each came with multiple base-runners and two outs. He went 0 for 3 in those at-bats. The Phils never recovered.

I suppose you can't win them all, but, if anyone can, it's Halladay. He is now 4-1, and the Phils are only three games over .500 after their scorching start to the year. Tomorrow night the Phils try to even the series when LHP Jamie Moyer faces RHP Todd Wellemeyer at 10:15 pm.

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