|Philadelphia Phillies at Miami Marlins|
|September 29, 2012||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|W: Halladay (11-8) L: Nolasco (12-13)|
Quick Hit: It took over four hours, but the Phillies were able to grind out a victory in Roy Halladay’s final start of the year.
And before the first game of the season that had zero impact on the Phillies, one mishap had a rather sizeable impact on one of their own.
Ryan Howard, who uses a lead pipe to
beat others senseless practice in the on-deck circle, broke one of the toes on his right foot when he dropped the blunt (and heavy) instrument. If this doesn’t sum up 2012 for this franchise, I am not sure what possibly can.
Roy Halladay struggled through the first inning, throwing 31 pitches and allowing three runs. He appeared to be headed for his second short start in a row, but he was able to corral his command enough to power through five innings, looking stronger as the night moved along. While this is the end result that everyone wanted — a win for Doc in his last 2012 start — the numbers are not acceptable in the eyes of many folks. Halladay’s 4.49 ERA is the highest in his career since 2000 when he posted a 10.64 ERA in approximately one-third of a season for the Blue Jays. He also threw a grand total of zero complete games this season after tossing seventeen over his first two seasons with the Phillies.
The numbers say he had a bad season and he did, especially by his high standards. But how much of that is due to the fact that he was injured in the spring and no one reacted to it? The blame for that idiocy falls on the player, the coaches, and the medical staff. I guess attempts to protect an $80 million investment aren’t all that important in the grand scheme of things.
There were runs scored in this game and stuff, but all anyone needs to know is that this game had the pacing of a snail running a marathon while stuck in glue. The eighth inning alone (felt like it) took about 90 minutes to complete with pitching changes and coaching visits and just terrible pacing. It all ended on a strange play in the bottom of the inning when Antonio Bastardo uncorked a wild pitch that Austin Kearns offered at for out number two.
That led to Carlos Lee being rather silly.
You are slow and old, Carlos. Why would you even both trying to score on this play?
Oh, right. Because you are on a team that is even more dysfunctional than the Phillies and the Mets combined.
(Replays showed he may have actually been safe. I am not including that data in my review of this play because it is largely irrelevant.)