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Once again Roy Halladay (8-6) receives no run support. It’s really been the story of Halladay’s season. Since May 12th, he hasn’t received more than three runs of support in a start. Halladay has the most losses in the majors with a sub 3.00 ERA. Once again, Halladay pitched well and gave the Phillies a chance to win. Halladay gave up four runs on eleven hits in eight innings of work. He struck out eight and didn’t walk any batters.
The Twins jumped on Roy Halladay early. With one out, Orlando Hudson singled to center field and preceded to steal 2nd base. Joe Mauer followed with an RBI single to give the Twins an early 1-0 lead.
In the 5th inning, Denard Span hit a solo home run off Halladay to make the score 2-0. Then in the bottom half, something very unexpected happened. Wilson Valdez came into yesterday’s game with only one career home run. Valdez hit that home run back in 2004 as a member of the Chicago White Sox. Well today Valdez made some noise again. He hit a home run to left field off Twins starter Carl Pavano to make the score 2-1.
Jason Kubel added an RBI single in the 6th inning and Justin Morneau hit a solo home run in the later innings. The Minnesota Twins won the game 4-1 on Father’s Day.
Just as the Phillies had won three games in a row, they are once again being questioned by fans everywhere. Today’s dismal offensive showing combined with yesterday’s collapse have slowed down the Phillies once again. The team’s lack of consistency is just mind-blowing. The Phillies now stand 5.5 games back of the division leading Atlanta Braves. The Phillies haven’t been this far back in the standings since September of 2007. Both the Braves and Mets are playing good baseball right now. That certainly doesn’t bode well for the Phillies. My belief is that the Phillies will get hot eventually and have a great month sometime here this summer. They always seem to get hotter as it get later in the season. Let’s hope the same holds true for this season.