Wednesday, April 13, 2011

2011 Topps Opening Day #120 Roy Halladay

Phillies 3, Nationals 2
Game 11 - Wednesday Night, April 13th in Washington

One Sentence Summary:  Roy Halladay gutted out the complete game victory over the Nationals, striking out the side to escape ninth inning trouble.

What It Means:  Halladay won his second game of the year, even though his ERA increased to 1.23.  It was his 59th career complete game.  The Phillies are now 8-3, and they'll go for the series win tomorrow night behind Cliff Lee.

What Went Right:  Halladay was outstanding.  He allowed six hits over all, but four of those hits came in the ninth inning.  Prior to that, the only hits from the Nationals were two singles from Adam LaRoche.  He struck out nine during his 123-pitch performance.

The Phils scratched out their first run in the fourth after Jimmy Rollins reached on an error and then went first to third on a Ryan Howard ground-out.  He came in to score when Ben Francisco grounded out.  They plated two more in the fifth on a Placido Polanco RBI-single and a bases-loaded hit by pitch with Howard as the recipient.

Featured Card:  It's Opening Weekend for the Nationals, so it's still technically within reason to use Halladay's Topps Opening Day card.  Poor Topps Opening Day.  It's been out less than two months, and I'm kind of already bored with it.

Other Stuff:  We still miss you, Harry.

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