After losing the first game of the four-game series, the Phils did a nice job of coming back to win three straight against a Cardinals team which came to town with the best record in the National League.
Phillies ace Roy Halladay didn’t even have his best stuff yesterday but he made it good enough to work.¬† He wiggled out of a couple of jams with the Cardinals big bats at the plate and again showed why he is the ultimate professional.
It was fitting that Halladay would be on the mound on the day, which the greatest righthander in Phils history, Robin Roberts would pass. As durable and consistent as Halladay has been his numbers pale in comparison to Roberts.
Despite the outstanding pitching performances of Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick, the Phillies have no idea what they’re going to get from their other pitchers every time they hand them the ball but when Halladay is on the mound they know exactly what they’re going to get whether he has his good stuff or not.
The Cardinals could have gotten the best of him yesterday if they’d come through a time or two more but it was not to be.
One of the key moments in the game occurred in the seventh inning when Phillies manager Charlie Manuel left Halladay in to pitch to Matt Holliday with the bases loaded.
When Manuel walked to the mound, the crowd took it for granted that he was going to take Halladay out, so they¬† started giving him an ovation for his performance.
‚ÄúI just kind of said, ‚ÄòOK, here I am, Roy, where you at?‚Äô‚Äù Manuel said with a big grin. ‚ÄúHe could of said something like I‚Äôm here standing on the mound, but he didn‚Äôt. He said, ‚ÄòI can get this guy. I want him.‚Äô That‚Äôs basically what I said to him.‚Äù
Manuel stayed with him and Halladay came through as usual.
Jayson Werth gave the “Doc” all the support he needed in the first inning when he hit a line-drive three run shot over the right field wall.
He continues to earn a big salary from somebody next year, unfortunately it won’t be the Phillies.¬† The Phils will be depending on a currently unknown righthanded bat to force pitchers to pitch to Ryan Howard.
It was good to see Raul Ibanez get a hold of one because they’re going to need his bat before the season is over.
Now bring on the Braves.