After the second inning, the score was 1-0 Marlins. Roy Halladay had escaped a bases loaded jam in the first inning, but had yielded an RBI single to Josh Johnson in the second, scaring all of us watching at home and quieting those in attendance. Based on how anemic the offense has been and with Johnson on the mound, it appeared that scratching across a single run on a groundout would stand up.
Roy Halladay is terrifying.
He stares down umpires and opposing batters like he is trying to make their heads explode. He wakes up at some ungodly hour to train, puts up with Kyle Kendrick following him around and runs countless numbers of stairs to prepare to be the best at what he does. Would you cross him? Would you like your inability to do something deny that man something that he has trained relentlessly to attain? I certainly would not, and it appears that this pants-soiling amount of fear thrust the offense out of their duldrums.
The Phillies scored five runs in the third inning. Placido Polanco and Jimmy Rollins collected their first RBI of the season. Hunter Pence added another run and Freddy Galvis added two more with the only extra base hit of the inning. In all, the offense managed six hits and five runs in the inning. Even after this vertiable explosion, I am sure that Halladay failed to smile. He only continued to pitch, tossing seven innings despite his early struggles. The offence managed two more runs aided by horrendous outfield defense from the Marlins and Chooch being a bad ass.
Hunter Pence, Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino all had multi-hit games and Juan Pierre managed to steal another base (he is now 3-3 on the season). It would be nice to see some extra base hits, but at this point beggars can’t be chosers. I am just happy that they knocked Johnson out of the game before the fourth inning.
Next up the Phillies get their first crack at National League newcomer Mark Buehrle. The Marlins get a crack at Joe Blanton.