Halladay Ends Holiday
Doc delivered. Losing three of four in Pittsburgh over the holiday weekend and trailing the Braves by five games, a win was needed last night.
The guy has amazing concentration. He sure is a quality horse at the top of the rotation. Just think, he has seven complete games at mid-season. The entire Phillies staff a year ago had eight.
From Elias Sports Bureau
Doc threw 93 pitches, the third-fewest pitches thrown in a nine-inning complete game in the majors this season: Homer Bailey (Reds), 90 pitches in a shutout at Pittsburgh on May 12 and Armando Galarraga (Tigers), 88 in his imperfect game vs. Cleveland on June 2.
It was Halladay’s seventh complete game this season, the most by any major leaguer prior to the All-Star Game since Halladay himself had seven in 2008. Since the 2000 season, only one pitcher other than Halladay had seven CGs prior to the break: Mark Mulder (A’s) in 2003.
And it was Doc’s 10th win of the season, marking the sixth straight season that he has amassed double-digit wins prior to the All-Star Game. He’s the first pitcher to have a streak that long since Catfish Hunter had 10-or-more wins before the break in each of seven straight years from 1970 to 1976; and the only other pitchers who have had six-year streaks of that type are all, like Hunter, Hall-of-Famers: Robin Roberts (1950-55), Sandy Koufax (1961-66), Juan Marichal (eight years, 1962-69) and Bob Gibson (1965-70).
Last night was game #81, which means the midway point of the season. We’re 43-38, same as the last two seasons.
In 1980? 44-37.
Ten years ago? 37-44.
Streak Is Over
2B Harold Garcia of the Clearwater Threshers had his 37-game hitting streak end last night, 0-for-3, in Daytona Beach, which is ironic in that the old Florida State League record of 36 straight games was held by a Daytona Beach player, Joe Altobelli, way back in 1951.
During the streak which began on May 24, Garcia hit .354. Since joining Clearwater from extended spring training on May 16, he’s been hitless in just three games, including last night.
The 23-year-old switch-hitter from Venezuela fell way short of the all-time minor league record: 69 games in 1919 by Wichita’s Joe Wilhoit.
OF/1B Chris Duffy, selected in the 26th round last month out of the University of Central Florida, will be in Anaheim next Wednesday. He’s one of five finalists in the Golden Spikes Award for the outstanding amateur baseball player in 2010.
The left-handed hitter batted .447 and had a slugging percentage of .850, both UCF records, while hitting 21 homers and driving in 81 runs. He was previously drafted by the White Sox in the 9th round in 2006.
Belated Happy Birthday
Phillie Phanatic and a big birthday cake appeared in the Phillies TV booth last night. Broadcasters Gary Mathews and Tm McCarthy celebrated birthdays. Larry Anderson pointed out the cake had 112 candles on it.