What do Dan Uggla, Chase Utley, Hunter Pence and Jose Bautista among a handful of others have in common?
Each of the four sluggers have fewer RBIs with the bases loaded this season than Roy Halladay. Yes, Roy Halladay. Halladay’s three-run double in the 6th inning highlighted another superb start for the Cy Young candidate in the Phillies 9-0 win over Cincinnati.
On the first pitch of Halladay’s 6th inning at-bat, he lined starter Bronson Arroyo’s first pitch down the right field line, driving in all three men on base to give the Phillies a 6-0 lead. They were the first runs driven in this season by Halladay, who forced his foe, Arroyo, out of the game with one swing.
Halladay also had a fine night on the mound, striking out nine while allowing two hits and two walks in seven shut out innings. The win improved Doc’s record to 16-5 and lowered his ERA to a 2.47, the lowest of the rotation.
Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez each enjoyed fantastic nights at the plate. Howard got the Phils scoring going with a two-run homer in the 4th off Arroyo. He homered again in the 9th. His three RBIs tonight put his season total at 102, tied for first in the National League with Prince Fielder.
Ibanez was making his first start in what seemed like an eternity and made the most of it. Ibanez went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs.
2B: Victorino (22), Halladay (2). HR: Howard 2 (29), Pence (17), Ibanez (17).
WP: Halladay (16-5). LP: Arroyo (8-11)