In his nine innings, Halladay allowed only one run on seven hits and no walks while striking out eight. The lone run allowed came in his the sixth inning where he loaded the bases, forced a run-scoring double play, and then got a pop-up to end the inning.
The Phillies got a run apiece in the first and second inning, proving all the support Halladay needed. Jimmy Rollins took the second pitch of the game from Roy Oswalt and put it into the right field stands to make it 1-0. After Raul Ibanez doubled and moved to third on a ground out, Carlos Ruiz drove him in to make it 2-0. Oswalt locked it down after those two innings but his offense could only get a run back in the sixth.
Rollins was the only player with two hits for the Phillies, whose offense has jumped out to a tremendously hot start.
It’s just a thing of beauty to watch Halladay pitch. If you thought his Opening Day performance was something, today’s performance trumped that. Halladay needed only 2 hours and 21 minutes and 111 pitches to do some extensive surgery on the Astros line up. My dad commented that this was the kind of stuff Steve Carlton would do. Doc is no Lefty but he’s damn near close.
Doubles: Utley, Ibanez. HR: Rollins.
WP: Halladay. LP: Oswalt.