Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bats break out against JJ to support Doc

Roy Halladay picked up his second win of the season in as many outings last night against Marlins' ace John Johnson. It was also win number two on the season for the Phils.

Doc worked out of a bases loaded jam in the first, and allowed a run in the second on a Johnson RBI ground-out. Phils fans had to be thinking, 'oh no, not another 1-0 loss with Doc on the mound.' But the Phillies exploded for five in the third, putting them up for good in what would be a 7-1 victory.

Juan Pierre started it off with a one-out single. He then picked up his second stolen base of the season on a beneficial call; he was clearly out. Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino  all followed with singles. Two batters later, Freddy Galvis came up in a big spot and he delivered amid chants of "Freddy, Freddy" with a two-run double to right.

Johnson lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing six runs on a career high 11 hits, one walk and one strikeout.

Carlos Ruiz added a solo home run, just the Phillies' second homer of the season, in the seventh inning.

Halladay improved to 2-0, going seven innings and allowing one run on five hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Chad Qualls and Mike Stutes closed the door, each with a perfect inning.

Doc is the only pitcher with a win, while Cole Hamels, David Herndon and Joe Blanton each have a loss. Cliff Lee and Vance Worley each have a no decision. Blanton looks to become the first pitcher not named Halladay to pick up a win in 2012, not a bet anyone would have made. He'll oppose Mark Buehrle, making his second start as a Marlin. He lost his debut against Cincinnati, allowing two runs on seven hits, two walk and five strikeouts over six innings. He's 3-0 in his career against the Phils with a 5.06 ERA. Blanton is 6-2 with a 3.33 ERA lifetime against the Marlins.

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