Watching Roy Halladay struggle is akin to a child watching his father fail at something for the first time. That same shattered sense that the person that you look up to most can do anything. The same augmented world view, giving you a glimpse into the vulgarity that is everyday life for adults.
Last night, Roy Halladay struggled against the a team that he hasn’t really struggled against. The Washington Nationals hit two home runs and a triple on their way to a 5-2 win. Doc gave up nine hits and five runs in six innings. We are not used to this. As of right now, last year’s Cy Young runner up has an ERA in the mid threes and has as many wins as he does losses at four. At the price tag of roughly 45 million dollars, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee are 4-6. This year has been tough so far.
Jimmy Rollins missed the game for the birth of his first child and Carlos Ruiz was thrown out of the game for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Gary Cedarstrom. This fills the line-up with names like Hector Luna and Mike Fontenot. It is sort of surprising that this line up actually scratched out two runs. Jordan Zimmerman was more than adequate, but was helped out again by the Phillies inability to get a big hit with men in scoring position.
For the Nationals, Ian Desmond homered for the second game in a row, Rick Ankeil hit a home run and Bryce Harper hit a two run triple. The only saving grace is that there is no eye black for night games.
Eric Kratz hit his first career home run.
Cole Hamels is called upon again to save the series and, hopefully in some small way, reclaim our faith in humanity.