Monday, August 26, 2013

2013 Topps #410 Roy Halladay

Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 5
Game 130 - Sunday Afternoon, August 25th in Philadelphia
Record - 59-71, Tied for 3rd Place, 19 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Roy Halladay returned from the disabled list and picked up the win in a 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks.

What It Means:  Sunday's scheduled starter was Tyler Cloyd, but he was called on to pitch in relief in Saturday night's marathon game.  Halladay was scheduled to make a rehab start for Double-A Reading, but instead made the drive to Philly to bail out an exhausted pitching staff.  It was great to see Doc back on the mound and even better to see him pitching effectively so soon after his shoulder surgery three months ago.

What Went Right:  Halladay pitched six innings, allowing just two runs on four hits.  He was supported  with dazzling defense by center fielder Roger Bernadina who made two amazing catches in this game.  Amazing catch #1 from Bernadina robbed Matt Davidson of a home run and kept the Diamondbacks from tying the game at 4-4.

Bernadina and Cody Asche both contributed two-run doubles, while John Mayberry, Jr.'s two-run home run in the fourth gave Halladay and the Phillies a comfortable 6-2 lead.

Featured Card:  Welcome back, Doc!  Like Halladay, I'm keeping this nice and simple and going with his Topps base card for this post.

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