Sunday, May 2, 2010

Bats chase Pelfrey, Halladay does the rest

After being blown out by the Mets in the opener, yesterday's pitching duel didn't quite live up to the hype.

Roy Halladay and Mike Pelfrey are both having tremendous seasons but Pelfrey entered the game with a 24 inning scoreless streak while Halladay was looking to bounce back from his first loss in pinstripes.

The game started as most expected it to, but the Phils bats finally woke up in the fourth. Two bloop hits from Chase Utley and Jayson Werth surrounding a Ryan Howard base hit put the Phillies on the board. Juan Castro's two-run double made it 3-0 before he was thrown out at the plate on a Carlos Ruiz single. After Roy Halladay contributed with a base hit, Shane Victorino blasted a three-run jack to right and the Phillies never looked back. Pelfrey's ERA went from 0.69 to 2.40.

One reason they never looked back is the team managed to keep tacking on runs. They'd score two more in the fifth and two in the seventh. The biggest reason, though, was Halladay. In his first taste of this Phils-Mets rivalry, he threw a three-hit complete game shutout in the 10-0 victory.

Johan Santana has to be feeling some pressure for tonight's rubber-match. He had to sit in the dugout and watch Halladay dominate his team's lineup from start to finish. This wouldn't be a big deal for him, except he proclaimed himself as the best pitcher in the division, calling himself "the beast of the NL East." Unless Santana can put nine zero's in the board tonight, round one goes to "Doc."

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