What do you get when you combine Roy Halladay, early 2009 version of Raul Ibanez, and Ross Gload? You should get a win, which is exactly what the Phillies were able to pull off on a hot, steamy Friday night on Broad Street. (OK, maybe Ross Gload doesn’t belong in the equation).
Halladay threw 8 solid innings, giving up five hits and walking one, while striking out nine on 116 pitches. The 90 degree weather didn’t seem to slow Roy down in the 8th inning when he sprinted over to cover first base after a great diving grab by Ryan Howard.
The Phillies offense, on the day after former hitting coach Milt Thompson was fired, seemed to pick up where they left off during the St. Louis series: slow.
After the first four innings, the Phils were able to threaten in the fourth inning, but couldn’t seal the deal and the game entered the fifth scoreless. After Halladay retired the Rockies in the top of the 5th, the Phightins tagged Colorado Rockies’ starter Aaron Cook for five runs in the bottom of the 5th inning. After consecutive singles by Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez doubled to deep center to score both. After Howard singled to move Ibanez over the third base, Jayson Werth hit a sacrifice fly to make it a 3-0 game. Gload finished the scoring off by slamming a two run homer to right field. Rockies’ starter Cook left the game during the inning after recording only one out.
The Phils were able to add a sixth run in the 8th, with Rollins scoring from second on an Ibanez single. Ibanez finished the game 3-5 with three RBIs. Gload went 2-2 with a walk and two RBIs. The Phillies as a team scored 6 runs on 12 hits.
It was an encouraging sign for the team, as Aaron Cook seemed to have their number the last few years… Let the Greg Gross era begin!