W: Maholm (1-0, 0.00 ERA) L: Halladay (0-1, 13.50 ERA)
For the second game in a row to start the year the Phillies were down two runs after one inning and unable to dig out from an early hole. Roy Halladay allowed two home runs and failed to pitch past the fourth inning as the Phillies lost to the Braves 9-2 on a rainy evening.
Halladay struck out nine batters but struggled all night, allowing five runs (all earned) on six hits and walking three batters on 95 pitches in 3,1 innings pitched. Halladay looked visibly frustrated when leaving the mound last night, and after the game he apparently was still upset with his performance.
As quoted by Todd Zolecki for MLB.com:
"I'm frustrated. I should have gotten deeper than that. Not aggressive enough early in the count and went deep counts, and that's the most frustrating part, really. I'm going to clean that up and be more aggressive. I've got to be more aggressive getting ahead of guys and putting guys away. I can't take three or four pitches to put guys away. We can take ground balls earlier in the count and do something to be more efficient and go deeper. I'd rather get beat 20-0 and pitch eight innings than pitch 3 1/3. So that's got to change. But I felt good, felt good in the bullpen and felt good on the mound."
Halladay struggled all spring and was hit around often throughout the 2012 season. Is there something physically wrong with Halladay or he is just on the decline of his illustrious career? Honestly, I do not know for sure but I lean towards believing he is indeed just not the same pitcher he was when he arrived in Philadelphia. That said, I still believe he can have the ability to be a dependable pitcher this season, but something absolutely needs to change. What that is though is beyond me.no comments