Game 19 - Late Monday Night, April 26th in San Francisco
Already fighting off sleep, I wanted to stay up late last night to watch Roy Halladay pitch against the Giants. Unfortunately, Doc allowed more runs in his 7 innings of work than he had allowed in his first 4 starts combined. A tight strike zone and 2 quick runs from the Giants in the 1st inning set the tone for the game, and the Phillies weren't able to overcome the early deficit.
With a line-up featuring reserves Ben Francisco and Wilson Valdez, the team twice left runners in scoring position with less than 2 outs in the early innings. They were finally able to push across a run on Chase Utley's RBI ground-out in 5th, but the offensive slow down resumed after that. Shane Victorino showed signs of turning things around, collecting 3 hits on the night.
Halladay's rough night meant he wouldn't match Cliff Lee's 5-0 start from last season. Lee collected win number 5 in August of last year, before finally proving he was human and losing in his 6th start. Lee recently made a successful rehab start for the Mariners' AAA team, and he's set to make his 2010 debut on Friday night after being sidelined with an abdominal strain since Spring Training.