Sunday, November 7, 2010

2010 Chachi #44 Ryan Howard/Roy Halladay AS

The next All-Star card in the 2010 Chachi set features the two Phillies' players to actually see action in the Mid-Summer Classic.

Manager Charlie Manuel named Ryan Howard his starting designated hitter and batted his slugger fourth in the National League line-up.  (American League ballpark meant the teams used the American League rules.)  This was Howard's third All-Star appearance, as he had previously appeared in the 2006 and 2009 games.  In the second inning, Howard struck out swinging against American League starting pitcher David Price.  In the fourth, he grounded to second against former teammate Cliff Lee.  The Reds' Joey Votto pinch-hit for Howard in the seventh, and his night was done.

This was Roy Halladay's first All-Star appearance with the National League squad, and it was his seventh appearance overall.  Halladay relieved Hong-Chih Kuo to start the bottom of the sixth inning.  Derek Jeter led off with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Elvis Andrus.  A double play followed as Halladay struck out Paul Konerko and Brian McCann (the game's eventual MVP) threw out Andrus attempting to steal second.  Halladay allowed another single to Josh Hamilton, and Manuel summoned Matt Capps from the bullpen to record the final out of the sixth.

It wasn't a banner night for the Phillies' All-Stars, but at least they were on the winning side for the first time since 1996.

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