Roy Halladay threw another complete game today. There are no smiles. There was plenty of Roy glaring in at the umpire. By the sixth inning of today’s game is was evident that Roy would be completing the contest. He is widening his lead as the active complete game thrower guy as today was his sixty third career and sixth of this season. He is really fucking good. He allowed eight hits of which two of them were actually struck well. Batters just can not make consistent contact against Doc.
The offense did enough to earn Roy the win. They scored three runs and collected ten hits against the Oakland pitching staff. Jimmy Rollins went 4-4 and Placido Polanco went 2-4 to lead the offense. There wasn’t too much to write home about in this one, but at least they didn’t squander another gem from the pitching staff.
Oakland’s starter Josh Outman, was involved in the trade that the Phillies made to acquire Joe Blanton. He made it through six innings while allowing eight hits and three runs. While the Philadelphia offense is struggling, there are players on the team that have actually hit the ball in the recent past. Oakland has a number of players that have little to no offensive value. Thank God we are not A’s fans. Josh Willingham is their top home run threat and Coco Crisp is batting third in their line up. It is really terrible.
The Phillies welcome a team that has an offense diametrically opposed to the anemic Oakland version. The Boston Red Sox boast one of the most potent line-ups in baseball. Cliff Lee has thrown two straight complete game shut outs. Josh Beckett starts for the Red Sox in a series that the media has been talking about last winter.