All Philadelphia, all night
The buzzsaw of Phillies pitching stopped a Reds hot streak in its tracks. After they had won four in a row and six of seven before Monday — Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay put that fire out.
Halladay’s seven scoreless and two hits prevailed in a 9-0 Phillies rout over the Redlegs. He had two walks and nine strikeouts. Out of those, five Ks were called strike three.
After a leadoff blooped single by Brandon Phillips, Halladay retired 18 of 19, including 17 in a row. He did not surrender another hit until Joey Votto’s leadoff double to left field in the seventh.
Halladay was pitching on eight days rest. My colleague Todd Zolecki informed me that the last time he had that kind of rest, he threw the no-hitter vs. the Reds in the NLDS last year.
“He was getting some help at the bottom of the zone, we thought too,” said Reds manager Dusty Baker. “That’s where he lives. He’s getting those pitches at the bottom of the zone and he’s going to be exceptionally tough. That’s where he stays all the time.”
*Bronson Arroyo gave up two more home runs and his 36 homers allowed for the season set a new club record for a right-handed pitcher. Lefty Eric Milton set the overall club record with 40 homers surrendered in 2005.
*The Hunter Pence homer off of Arroyo in the sixth inning was kind of stunning. It was helmet high on Pence and he reached up and still hit it out.
*The Reds are 1-5 vs. the Phillies this season.
*Brandon Phillips has the longest Reds hitting streak of the season with 13 games on the previously mentioned single.
*The Phillies are 21-7 this season when Halladay starts.
“I was cheating bad and I still hit it down the first-base line. Maybe it did help a little bit, otherwise I would have hit it in the stands. It didn’t help a lot.” — Roy Halladay on his three-run double off of Arroyo in the sixth.
“This kind of lineup, you make mistakes and they can hurt you, especially if they are preceded by walks or anything like that. They hit the ball out of the ballpark on us tonight. They got what they needed – seven innings out of Halladay. We didn’t muster up a whole bunch of offense.” — Dusty Baker
“I probably had been more frustrated in the past. Going 9-15 with 22 quality starts in ’07 wasn’t real fun. It’s more frustrating when you continue to pitch well like Cueto and Leake have and don’t win ballgames. I haven’t really matched the quality starts I’ve had over the past five seasons so it’s a little easier to swallow. Regardless, you’d like to go out and perform better than you have.” — Bronson Arroyo