Tuesday, May 10, 2011

2011 Topps Heritage #312 Roy Halladay

Marlins 2, Phillies 1
Game 35 - Tuesday Night, May 10th in Miami

One Sentence Summary:  A costly Jimmy Rollins error in the eighth led to the winning run for the Marlins, as the Fish took the second game of the series, 2-1.

What It Means:  The Phillies are now 23-12, and the Marlins creep to just two games back in the N.L. East.  The Phils go for the series win tomorrow night behind Cliff Lee.

What Went Wrong:  The Phillies stranded the bases loaded in both the second and third innings before Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson settled down and shut down the line-up over the following four innings.  If not for Ryan Howard's solo home run in the second, the Phils would have been shut out.

In the eighth, Rollins booted a ground ball from Omar Infante, which would prove to be costly.  Infante would come around to score on a Chris Coghlan single.  Leo Nunez closed out the game for his twelfth save.

Halladay was the hard luck loser, allowing just one earned run while striking out nine in the complete game loss.

Featured Card:  The last time Halladay faced off against Johnson, on May 29th of last year, he threw the 20th perfect game in Major League Baseball history.  This is cool card from this year's Topps Heritage set mimicking the original #312 in the 1962 Topps set, which commemorated a Warren Spahn no-hitter.  Halladay threw his perfect game in his road grays in Miami, but I'll forgive Topps for using a series of pictures featuring the home red pinstripes for this card.

Other Stuff:  Chase Utley officially began his rehab assignment tonight with the Clearwater Threshers.  I'm hopeful there will be an Utley card in the 2011 Threshers team set.  In other Clearwater news, Roy Oswalt is expected to start for the Threshers on Thursday and Carlos Ruiz could be his catcher.

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