Monday, August 23, 2010
2010 Phillies Team Issue 2 #34 Roy Halladay
Game 121 - Friday Night, August 20th in Philadelphia
We returned on Sunday afternoon from a quick weekend trip to Pittsburgh. Without hesitation, I'd list PNC Park as one of my top 3 favorite Major League ballparks in the country - along with Citizens Bank Park (naturally) and Camden Yards in Baltimore. (Quick caveat - I have yet to visit Fenway. This embarrassing situation will hopefully be rectified within the next few years.) The Phils were still playing on Friday night when we collapsed in our hotel room for the evening, after 6+ hours in the car with our equally exhausted boys.
I checked in on the game periodically and at one point I thought something was wrong with my Blackberry. Each time I checked the score, it kept coming back as 1-0, Phillies. Turns out it was just another masterpiece from Roy Halladay. He combined with Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge for the shutout, winning his 16th game of the season. In the process, he lowered his ERA to 2.16 - which is very good.
The Phils' sole run came in the 3rd when, with 2 outs, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth worked back-to-back walks. Raul Ibañez doubled home Utley, and both teams traded goose eggs until Lidge recorded the final out in the 9th for his 17th save.