Monday, April 5, 2010
I think I can get used to this Halladay guy. Doc went 7 strong innings and struck out 9 as he cruised through the Nationals lineup after a slight hiccup in the first inning. If the game wasn't so out of hand, Halladay, who threw 88 pitches, could have stayed in the game longer and showed no signs of slowing down. Cliff who?
As for the offense, Polanco provided the biggest hit amongst many, hitting a grand slam in the 7th inning to blow the game open. The Phils knew what they were getting in Polanco, a professional hitter who makes contact and advances the runners, but the 6 RBI's he had today were just a bonus. Ryan Howard also hit his first jack of the season as every Phillie starter had a hit and scored a run.
Sure, it was just the Nationals, but the Phillies had just about the perfect start to the season. Hot starts are not a given with the Phillies, and it was just one game, but this could portend to a good April as they play the Nationals 5 more times and the Astros 3 times before they play any real competition.
With all that has gone on with the Flyers and Eagles, I'm glad the Phillies are back in action. It's nice to see a Philly sports team take care of business in a game they should win. 162-0, here they come!