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Fireworks for the Halladay

Halladay went the distance against his former team in the city that made him a star. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

The ovation lasted through out his warm up. It even carried to the first pitch strike Roy Halladay threw to lead off hitter Aaron Hill.

But at that moment, it was strictly business for Doc.

Though the outing wasn’t pretty, it was what the Toronto fans remembered most about Halladay: grit and an unwavering attitude when a few runs cross the plate.

It was Halladay’s day and the Phillies offense made sure of that, providing him with the magic number four runs as they beat the Blue Jays, 5-3, Saturday afternoon.

Once again, the Blue Jays spoiled a go ahead two-run homer by Jose Bautista. After Toronto took a 3-2 lead in the 5th, Chase Utley ripped a two-run homer in the 7th to give the Phils the 4-3 lead.

The day still belonged to Halladay, who went the distance en route for his 11th win on the season. He allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out eight.

But the attention quickly turned from Halladay to the umpires. After a releiver Jon Rauch was ejected for arguing a call with home play umpire Alfonso Marquez, the fans went on a Philly-esque tirade and started throwing stuff on the field. This all happened an inning after a Canadian fan ran around on the field like an idiot.

See? We aren’t the only city to boast stupid sports fans. It will be a cold day in hell tomorrow if this is on Sports Center.

2B: Rollins (14), Ruiz (9). HR: Utley (4).

WP: Halladay (11-3). LP: L. Perez (1-1).

Boxscore.

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2 responses to “Fireworks for the Halladay

  1. Chris Ross July 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    It was really nice to see Roy Halladay get the reception he deserved in Toronto. He was the classiest player an organization could ask for. In his time on a sub-par team he never complained or asked for a trade unlike some other Toronto players we could name. He deserved to go to a great team in the Phillies and get all the opportunities to win a championship because if anyone deserves the chance it is Roy Halladay. I definitely think best of luck to him and his super team of pitchers. Also you think you could check out my blog cuz I wanna know what you think http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/star-unfairness/

  2. John Russo July 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Fantastic read and a great site you have. The only thing is I never get into balls and strikes because it’s all judgment. In a game of baseball, thousands of things happen that could change one nine-inning match. But great job nonetheless. I will give you guys a follow on Twitter if I can find the link.

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