Halladay, Homers Lead Phils to 3-2 Win


C.J. Wilson says of bunch of stuff on twitter.  Before facing Roy Halladay he acknowledged the fact that the Phillies ace  is half man and half machine.  Wilson used the ubiquitous social networking site to dub Roy “Cyborg.”  I will use this as an opportunity for everyone out there to picture Roy Halladay posting on twitter.  I just imagine him staring at the computer until it ultimately explodes.

The Phils offense only mustered four hits off of Wilson today, but luckily, two of their hits left the ballpark giving Roy Halladay three runs to work with.  Halladay made the three runs stand up by going eight innings and allowing two runs while striking out seven.  Roy had a tough first inning, surrendering back to back singles to start the ballgame.  Remember last year when the Rangers did that stupid deer hand sign when they ran the bases well (all I remember is Jeff Francoeur doing it during last year’s playoffs which automatically makes me  hate it)?  The Rangers are ultra aggressive on the basepaths and proved it by successfully pulling off a double steal of home to start the scoring.  Roy didn’t allow another run until an RBI ground out in the eighth inning.

The Phillies hit two home runs today!  It was even more amazing that the home runs were provided by much maligned corner outfielders Ben Fransisco and Raul Ibanez.  In the bottom of the second, following a walk to Raul, Fransisco hit a 3-1 change up into the left field bleachers.  Raul’s bomb came in the bottom of the fourth when he crushed a first pitch fastball to center field.  This happened to be the first home run that Wilson allowed to a left handed batter this season.  This was the first time in nearly a month that the Phils managed more than one home run in a game.

After Roy left the game, the Phillies turned to Ryan Madson to keep the score 3-2.  Madson continued to impress earning his eighth consecutive save, while making professional baseball players look silly as they flail helplessly in a vain attempt to make contact.  Madson gave us all a bit of a scare when he attempted to field a ball hit back to him with his pitching hand, but appeared unfazed as he completed the inning.  They still aren’t hitting, but they sure can pitch.

Former Ranger Cliff Lee starts tomorrow against Colby Lewis.  We will see Domonic Brown for the first time this season and Utley is on his way back as well.  Hopefully the call-up of the number one prospect in the farm system and the best hitter on the team will bolster the offense.