In my last article, I wrote that the Phillies needed a player to step up and bring a jolt to the slumping club.
Up until Saturday afternoon, there have only been 19 perfect games thrown in the modern era of baseball. Last night against the Florida Marlins, the Phillies’ Roy Halladay made it 20.
The Phillies’ huge off-season acquisition proved once again why he was the #1 target to join this organization. Doc, disproving all the recent debate about his taxing workload, threw 115 pitches (72 for strikes) and retired all 27 batters he faced, including 11 strikeouts. In addition to the pitching master class Halladay taught last night, the Phillies’ defense helped out by making great plays that would have easily resulted in hits. Third baseman Juan Castro ended the game snagging a hot-shot grounder, spinning 360 and throwing out Ronny Paulino for the final out. And at the moment, another rarity in baseball was witnessed: a smile from Roy Halladay.
However, this game was not a cakewalk. The Marlins threw out their ace in Josh Johnson and pitched seven strong innings, giving up no earned runs. The only run of the night came off the bat of Chase Utley, and subsequently off the glove centerfielder Cameron Maybin, resulting in a three-base error, scoring Wilson Valdez. It was 1968 all over again. Two hours and 13 minutes of pitching dominance.
In all the celebration and praise bestowed upon Halladay, no one should ignore the job that catcher Carlos Ruiz did behind the plate. He is no longer one of the greatest secrets in the Majors. Everyone knows his game-calling skills. Last night typified why he is one the most valuable players on this squad.
Everytime when he takes the mound, Roy Halladay always demonstrates why he is one of the best pitchers in the game. Last night he was THE best.
About the Author
Written by Bryan Sargent
Bryan Sargent is a lifelong Phillies fan, currently residing in the least hospitable city for such a person as himself, New York City. This coming January he will be attending Phillies Phantasy Camp in Clearwater, FL. He is currently documenting the entire process on his blog (http://www.bryansargent.com). You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Twitter @BTSargent.