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Another Roy Halladay gem was wasted due to the lack of offense from the Phillies lineup. It was a pitcher’s duel at Citizens Bank Park. Halladay pitched excellent. Outside of the 1st inning, his command was superb. Halladay pitched eight innings surrendering one run on six hits. He struck out eight and walked only one. Josh Johnson was just a touch better than Halladay. Johnson held the Phillies to only three hits and no runs with five strikeouts.
Halladay got off to a rocky start. The first three Marlins batters reached base to load the bases. Jorge Cantu hit a sacrifice fly to score Chris Coughlan to make the score 1-0. Dan Uggla added a solo home run off Danys Baez in the 9th inning.
The Phillies’ bats went absolutely cold. Josh Johnson retired eighteen in a row from the 3rd to the 8th inning. The Phillies tried to rally in the 9th inning. Placido Polanco hit a one out double with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard coming up. Utley grounded out and Howard struck to end the game. The Phillies fell 2-0 to the Florida Marlins.
Halladay had a great outing, but it still ended in a loss. It reminded Phillies fans of the May 18th outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates where Halladay only gave up two runs. He got no run support in that outing as well and received a loss. Halladay has pitched great this year and his record certainly isn’t by his own doing. The Phillies offense seemed to turn the corner after scoring 10 runs against the Marlins on Tuesday. However, they were shut out for the 7th time this season tonight. They were only shut out 7 times during the entire 2009 campaign. The offense really needs to hit more consistently if they want any shot at playing in October this year.