Fireworks for the Halladay
July 2, 2011
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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).