Oct 172010
Phillies ace Roy Halladay

Phillies ace Roy Halladay

October 17:

Phillies news and stories from around the web…

Rollins’ struggles continue

October 17 Camden Courier-Post:

“It is quickly becoming the postseason of Jimmy Rollins’ discontent.

The Phillies shortstop went 0-for-4 Saturday with three strikeouts in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series as the Phillies lost to the San Francisco Giants 4-3.

That made him 1-for-15 in the postseason. He finished the regular season 4-for-19.

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Ross’ homer shows Halladay’s human

October 17 Camden Courier-Post:

“Cody Ross pulled the mask off Batman. He tugged on Superman’s cape.

Suddenly, with one swing of the bat, Roy Halladay wasn’t Doc-tober anymore.

That is why the turning point in Saturday night’s Game 1 of the National League Championship Series was when Ross hit the solo homer against Halladay in the third inning that gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in their 4-3 win at Citizens Bank Park.

Until then, Halladay had retired seven straight Giants with the ease of a tourist strolling across the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Giants strike first blow

October 17 Camden Courier-Post:

“The pitching matchup earned top billing. The reviews ended up mixed.

Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay tossed two of the most dominant games in playoff history last week, but when they went head-to-head Saturday night to kick off the National League Championship Series, neither proved to be a difference maker.

Instead, an unlikely hero stepped up for San Francisco, while the two aces provided little more than a postscript in a 4-3 Giants win in Game 1 of the NLCS.

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Phils squander opportunities on offense

October 17 Camden Courier-Post columnist Martin Frank:

“Maybe the Phillies’ long layoff had something to do with it. They were playing just their fourth game in 13 days.

They hadn’t played since last Sunday, when they completed their three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS.

They will play on back-to-back days for the first time today since the regular season ended on Oct. 3.

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Phillies’ slumbering bats need to wake up soon

October 17 Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford:

“All right, now the numbers are starting to add up a little, like the leaves that fall quietly from the trees and suddenly there is a stack of them there on the lawn.

The Phillies have played four postseason games and scored a total of 16 runs, seven of which came in a game when the Cincinnati Reds decided to leave their gloves in the dugout. They have 28 hits in those four games and are batting .212.

This isn’t a lull any longer, a momentary downturn, a hiccup as the postseason begins. This is a slump and if it doesn’t end Sunday night against Jonathan Sanchez of the Giants, then you can take the World Series ticket money and invest it in bean curd futures.

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Halladay proves hittable, especially to Ross

October 17 Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan:

“Roy Halladay looked unhittable to everyone except Cody Ross.

Tim Lincecum looked hittable except when the Phillies really needed a hit.

That pretty much sums up the keenly anticipated Game 1 matchup between these two Cy Young Award-winning pitchers. Doc and The Freak. The Phillies find themselves in the unfamiliar position of hoping it is only the first meeting of the two.

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Howard takes Bonds’ advice, swings with it

October 17 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“During the off-season, Ryan Howard participated in some workouts with former Giants slugger Barry Bonds. They met for lunch in August when the Phillies traveled to Los Angeles.

They have become friends. The two kept in touch occasionally as the season progressed. So, naturally, with the Phillies taking on Bonds’ former team, it was time for another chat, right?

“No, not yet,” Howard said Friday. “I may give him a call and see what’s going on – talk some trash, maybe.”

In all seriousness, Howard said he appreciated his time with Bonds, baseball’s all-time home-run leader.

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