Roy Halladay looked just as advertised. Halladay propelled the Phillies to a 11-1 win in Monday’s season opener against the Washington Nationals. He gave up one run on six hits in seven innings of work. He also had nine strikeouts. Halladay had a shaky first inning, but I think it was mainly due to butterflies of playing for his new team. After giving up a run in the first inning, Halladay locked in and went to work. You couldn’t have asked for a better debut than the former AL Cy Young winner turned in. Halladay even knocked in a run to help his cause.
On the offensive side of things, the Phillies were paced by new third basemen Placido Polanco. Polanco went 3-for-5 with 6 RBIs. It was a career high in RBIs for the veteran. His six RBIs were highlighted by a grand slam off of Nationals reliever Miguel Batista. Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit. Ryan Howard gave the Phillies the lead with a two-run home run in the 4th inning off of John Lannan. Lannan only lasted 3.2 innings and the Phillies had a five run fourth inning to chase Lannan from the game. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, and Roy Halladay each added an RBI for the Phillies. It was a great opening day win for the Phillies, but let’s not get too carried away. After all, it was against the Washington Nationals.