“It was as close to a regular-season game as Roy Halladay will get this spring, and through 7 2/3 innings, he was in midseason form.
Halladay breezed through the Red Sox lineup and threw 98 pitches in what will be his last full tune-up before making his regular-season debut in the Phillies’ opener against Houston on April 1.
“I felt good, both arm and body. I felt strong,” Halladay said. “I didn’t feel like I got tired. I felt like I had a lot more left. Physically, I feel like where I need to be.”
Halladay allowed five hits and three walks, while striking out six and giving up just one run and throwing about 20 more pitches than he had in his previous start as the Phillies toppled Boston, 4-1.
“He’s ready probably,” Manuel said. “He’s about right where we want him to be.”
Halladay is following a similar preparation schedule this spring to what he did last year. He said he expects to throw only about 50 pitches in his final spring outing.
Monday’s strong performance was the deepest he’s pitched into a game this spring, but he said the extra work didn’t prove to be a big challenge.
“Once you hit five (innings), body-wise you feel fine,” Halladay said. “It’s just a matter of getting your pitch count up. For me, I felt good after the last one. I didn’t feel like I was tired. So I knew today with 20 extra pitches, I didn’t foresee any big difference even if it were extra innings.””
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