I wonder if Roy Halladay understands the importance every start against the Mets is. He sure pitched like he had a little something special for the Mets as he pitched his second shut out and third complete game of the season in the Phillies 10-0 win over New York Saturday afternoon. The win snapped the Mets’ eight-game winning streak and brought the Phillies to a half game behind the Mets in the division.
In Halladay’s (5-1, 1.47) nine innings, he only allowed three hits and a walk while fanning six. Yes New York, that’s what a real pitcher looks like. Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 2.40)? Not so much. He last four innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk.
The good news with shelling Pelfrey is that the Phillies offense woke up, hopefully for a sustained period of time and not just three innings. They exploded in the fourth for six runs off of a few singles, a few doubles, and then capped off with a three-run homer by Shane Victorino.
I couldn’t watch this game because I was working. I saw Juan Castro’s two-run double in the fourth and I saw a few pitches by Doc. I can’t give a fair assessment from watching this game but I can say it was nice seeing the offense hit around a pitcher that was on fire to start the season and see Halladay bounce back against an offense that was rolling.
Sunday’s game is going to be the rubber match for the Phillies. Jamie Moyer v. Johan Santana should make for an entertaining one. Santana has had a poor track record against the Phillies in recent history and Moyer has had a poor track record against everyone else. We’ll see whose offense shows up tomorrow.
Doubles: Utley 2 (6), Victorino (3), Castro (3). Triples: Ibanez (1). HR: Victorino (4).
WP: Halladay (5-1). LP: Pelfrey (4-1).