How dare you Mike Morse? How dare you Danny Espinosa? How dare you Laynce Nix? First off, Laynce is a stupid way to spell Lance. Secondly, these players have no business homering off of Roy Halladay. I thought that Nationals park was supposed to be a pitchers park? Apparently random players that play for the Nationals can bash home runs off of the best pitcher in baseball in said “pitcher’s park.” Luckily, the Phillies did their share of mashing with back to back home runs in the top of the third inning by Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez.
We are all unaccustomed to talking/writing/thinking about Roy Halladay being anything less than robotic precision. He still went seven innings, but he allowed ten hits and four runs over the length of his start. In a back and forth game, Doc was handed a lead in the top of the seventh, only to watch the Nationals put men on first and third to start their half of the inning. There may be some point in time where “bearing down” may be referred to as “Halladaying down.” Roy got Rick Ankiel to ground right back to him and he got Alex Cora in a run down between third and home. Next he got Danny Espinosa to fly out. Up stepped former Phil Jayson Werth. This is the manner in which you should treat Roy Halladay. Werth struck out to end the inning leaving the score 5-4. Even when Roy Halladay isn’t quite Roy Halladay, he is still completely bad ass.
Not that I am in the minority telling you about this, but I think that Domonic Brown is going to be a good baseball player. He crushed a single into right on a curveball from Livan Hernanez scoring scoring Carlos Ruiz and he is starting to play a pretty decent right field. His five game hitting streak and inspired play should be the death knell for Ben Francisco. There are times in baseball when you are given the opportunity to become an everyday player, Fransisco has obviously taken him opportunity and dropped a huge dump right in middle of it.
In other news, Ryan Madson is still a fucking bad ass, Jose Contreras looks to have recovered from his unpronounceable arm problem and Chase Utley is stealing bases.
Tomorrow, the Phils take on sinkerballer Jason Marquis with Cliff Lee on the mound.
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