One Inning... That's all it took today for Roy Halladay to have an insurmountable lead. At least that's how he felt on the mound today.
Halladay threw his fifth complete game of the season today, as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Oakland Athletics today, 3-1 at Citizens Bank Park.
Halladay (10-3) is now 30-3 in 35 games where the Philadelphia Phillies have given him the lead. It has been the closest anyone has been to automatic.
On the other side of the coin was A's pitcher Josh Outman. Outman pitched a great game for the Gold clad A's going 6 innings. Giving up 3 runs on 8 hits, while striking out 4, and walking 2 others. I say he pitched a great game because he rebounded from a slow first inning which saw 2 runs on 3 hits. After getting Ryan Howard to hit into a double play, Outman kept the A's in the ballgame for the rest of the outing giving up one run, an infield single by Ben Francisco.
The Doc was in for the Phillies today. Pitching a complete game while giving up a run on 8 hits while striking out 4, while dropping his ERA to 2.40. The only run being scored on a bloop base-hit by Ryan Sweeney in the fourth inning. Other than Sweeney, he kept the A's in check. Holding them to 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Connor Jackson also had a good game going 3-for-4 in the contest. He and Sweeney went a combined 5-for-8 batting fifth and sixth respectivly. Brad Ziegler pitched two shut-out innings for the A's, who drop to 35-44, while going 2-4 on the National League East road trip.
The A's return home on Tuesday where they are 21-16 at the Coliseum this season. They will start a three game series against the Florida Marlins. Gio Gonzales (6-5 2.59 ERA) will toe the rubber coming off two solid starts against Javier Vazquez (4-7, 7.13 ERA)