Saturday, April 30, 2011

2011 Topps Heritage #453 Roy Halladay

Phillies 2, Mets 1
Game 26 - Saturday Afternoon, April 30th in Philadelphia

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies came from behind for a 2-1 victory over the Mets supporting another dazzling performance from Roy Halladay.

What It Means:  The Phils wrapped up the month with their best record in April ever, going 18-8, and besting the 17 wins from April 1993.  They'll go for the sweep tomorrow night with Cliff Lee on the mound.  And curse you in advance ESPN, for making me sleepy on Monday morning.

What Went Right:  Halladay was awesome again, allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out eight.  80 of his 107 pitches were strikes, and he started the game with 18 straight strikes.

The Phils scored their two runs in the seventh.  John Mayberry, Jr. led off the inning with a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1.  After the team loaded the bases, Placido Polanco's sac fly brought home Wilson Valdez with the go-ahead run.  Valdez added a few defensive gems in the field.

Featured Card:  Halladay's card in the 2011 Topps Heritage set is one of the dreaded short prints, meaning it was more difficult for me to track down.  This same photo is used three other times on the "floating heads" league leader cards found in the set.

2011 Topps Heritage #56, #58 and #60

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