Roy Halladay should have started the 9th. But at one point, he should not have been left in.
After allowing back-to-back singles to start the 9th, Charlie Manuel let Halladay pitch to the left-handed hitting Lyle Overbay, who drove in all three of Arizona’s runs on the night. Overbay smacked Halladay’s first offering into the gap in right center field to drive in both Josh Upton and pinch runner Collin Cowgill as the D’backs beat Philadelphia, 3-2.
Manuel had every reason to start the inning with Halladay. He was at 100 pitches and was facing Upton, who he struck out twice and allowed a single to catcher Miguel Montero. With an 0-2 count to Upton, home plate umpire Vic Carapazza failed to ring up Upton and Halladay’s next pitch was lined into left field for a base hit.
Montero followed up with another single and that set up Overbay to face Halladay. Both Ryan Madson and Antonio Bastardo were throwing in the bull pen at the start of the inning and with Overbay up, Manuel should have went to the pen and let Bastardo face the left-handed hitter. He didn’t and Overbay cashed in.
Overbay finished the night 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Montero had a two-hit game for Arizona.
Josh Collmenter and Halladay were dueling through the first seven innings. Collmenter allowed a run on eight hits while striking out eight in the no-decision.
Halladay pitched his 7th complete game of the season, but this one resulting unfavorably. He struck out a whopping 14 batters through nine innings, but got the loss.
It was a good game for Doc heading into the 9th. At that point, Halladay had allowed a run while striking out 12. He also had a two-hit game including a double that landed on the warning track down the right field line. It was his first career extra base hit.
Hunter Pence and Ryan Howard each had bad games for the Phils. They went a combined 1-for-7 with five strike outs. Chase Utley doubled and had a three-hit game while Shane Victorino drove in the Phils lone two runs with a two-run homer in the 5th.
2B: Utley (15), Halladay (1). HR: Victorin0 (13).
WP: Shaw (1-0). LP: Halladay (15-5). S: Putz (30).
POLANCO TO DL — The Phillies placed injured third baseman Placido Polanco on the DL with a sports hernia. They recalled pitcher Michael Schwimmer. It’s about damn time we see Schwimmer.
KALAS STATUE UNVEILED — I have nothing to write about it. It was a beautiful ceremony that should have happened five years ago. But nonetheless, here is the gorgeous statue that will stand outside of Harry the K’s in the left field concourse.