Roy Halladay was booed off the field Monday night at Citizens Bank Park, perhaps for the first time since coming to Philadelphia three years ago. The starter once again struggled with command and was unable to get past the fifth inning as the the New York Mets rung him up for seven earned runs in a 7-2 victory in the series opener. Mets catcher John Buck hit a three-run home run in the second inning, after the Phillies were unable to take a lead despite having Ben Revere draw a lead-off walk in the first inning (stranded at third base).
Halladay got little support from the bats as Mets pitcher Matt Harvey allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings. Harvey struck out nine Phillies batters and walked just one batter after walking Revere in the top of the first inning. After the game Halladay addressed his biggest problem in the early going of the season.
"Definitely command," Halladay said. "For a starting pitcher, it's important to get ahead and attack. I had a lot of 2-0 counts, a lot of high pitch counts. There are a couple pitches I made that I felt were good pitches that got hit, but for the most part, I got behind and made pitches I didn't want to make. And that's where I was giving up the hits. That's the biggest thing. And that's the hardest thing to force. When you're really trying to force the ball to a spot instead of just letting it go there, the more you force it, the more it goes away from there."