Aggressive Cubs Continue Dominance of Halladay
Full recap, box score, and highlights after the jump.
It’s a perplexing number for sure, Roy Halladay in his career has one win against the Cubs. Sure, Halladay was mostly an American League pitcher, but he has faced the Cubs a number of times and for whatever reason the Cubs give him trouble. The trend continued Friday night in Philadelphia as the Cubs made Halladay work, throwing 100+ pitches by the sixth inning en route to a 5-1 victory. Things got started for the Cubs in the fourth inning when Tony Campana led off with a bunt single to break up Halladay’s perfect game. Campana ran immediately on the deliberate Halladay stealing second base, and was knocked in on a bloop single by Starlin Castro. Paul Maholm, who seems to be over his early season struggles made that run hold up until the Cubs could tack on a couple more in the sixth. Once again Campana was the fire starter leading the inning off with a women’s softball slap base hit to shortstop, sorry wasn’t sure what else to call it. After Castro lined out, LaHair worked the count and got a 3-1 fastball and ripped it into right for a base hit with Campana running. Soriano followed with a base hit to left and the Cubs were up 2-0 and still threatening. After falling behind 0-2 Ian Stewart made Halladay pay on a rare mistake out over the plate, lacing a double down the right field line to make it 3-0. Maholm was stellar, his only blemish was a solo home run surrendered to Ty Wiggington in the 7th inning. An RBI triple by pinch hitter Reed Johnson, and a RBI single by DeJesus provided some breathing room for the Cubs in the 9th inning, and Rafael Dolis shut the door on the Phillies getting the final six outs of the game for his first Major League save.
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