Roy “Doc” Halladay. Texas Rangers. Pitcher’s duel. God this sets me up for a helluva pun.
Halladay bested the young gunner, C.J. Wilson, from Texas as the Phillies took the series opener against the Rangers, 3-2, Friday night.
Halladay and Wilson were lined up for a great match-up and neither of them disappointed. Halladay went eight innings in the win, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out seven. Wilson gave up three runs on four hits, two walks and 10 strike outs.
Wilson made two mistakes in the loss: a meatball to Ben Francisco in the 2nd and one to Raul Ibanez in the 4th. Francisco took Wilson deep with a man on to give the Phils a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 2nd.
Two innings later, Ibanez hit a solo bomb to dead center. It was the first time since 2008 that Wilson gave up a home run to a left-handed hitter.
The other two hits from the Phillies came from singles by Placido Polanco and Carlos Ruiz.
The Rangers struck first in the 1st inning on a play that resembled something from Little League. With Ian Kinsler batting and runners on the corners, Mitch Moreland stole second. As Ruiz was making the throw, Elvis Andrus sprinted home, beating Wilson Valdez’s return throw.
HR: Francisco (5), Ibanez (4).
WP: Halladay (6-3). LP: Wilson (4-3). S: Madson (8).