Five days ago I got to see an odd feat, a complete game loss on Roy Haladay’s part. Today I got to see another odd sight: Halladay getting shelled and bounced before the sixth inning. Halladay allowed seven runs, six earned in the Phillies 8-3 loss on Sunday to lose the series to Boston.
Tim Wakefield pitched eight shut out innings, allowing only five hits and two walks while striking out one. Halladay was not so impressive, allowing seven runs, six earned in only 5 2/3 innings pitched on eight hits, two walks, and a strike out.
The Phillies avoided their third shut out of the season when Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez hit back-to-back doubles in the ninth inning. Three batters later, Ross Gload hit a pinch-hit two run homer to make it 8-3.
Kevin Youkilis was a force at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored. Adrian Beltre was also 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Chase Utley and Werth had two hits for the Phillies.
Many are questioning whether or not Halladay’s 132-pitch outing on Tuesday was a factor in his 99-pitch outing where he couldn’t get anyone out. The runs and hits weren’t the main concern for Doc but the fact he only struck out one batter. A lack of dominating at-bats was certainly not a Halladay-esque outing.
I’m not trying to make Greg Dobbs a scape goat but his one-out error in the fourth inning scored two runs for the Red Sox to make it a 3-0 game at the time. If Halladay would have gotten out of that inning, the game probably could have gone a little differently.
But Halladay was ineffective and the Phillies offense, who were hitting Wakefield hard but straight to the fielders were having an unlucky day. The Phils will have the day off tomorrow and will travel to Citi Field to take on the Mets in a three-game series starting Tuesday.
Doubles: Victorino (6), Castro (4), Werth (22), Ibanez (9). Triples: Utley (1). HR: Gload (2).
WP: Wakefield (1-2). LP: Halladay (6-3).