Sunday, August 21, 2011

Rain forces Doc out, costs him win

Rain has interfered with the Phillies' starting pitching once again. Roy Halladay lost his shot at victory number 16 this afternoon due to yet another rain delay.

Leading 3-2 in the top of the sixth, the downpour started and effectively ended Doc's day.

Michael Schwimer entered the game in the bottom of the sixth after the delay, making his Major League debut. He allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, Danny Espinsoa, to tie the game. Schwimer put his finger in the air after the ball left the bat, as if calling it a pop-up. Yeah, dude, they knew it was in the air. It only cleared the centerfield wall.

This coming two days after the series opener never should have started, entering a long delay in the first inning and wasting Roy Oswalt's warm-up as the Phils had to shut him down.

Jimmy Rollins left the game with a strained right groin after the second inning. Right now, he's day to day.

The game remains tied, entering the bottom of the seventh.

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