Roy Halladay put an end to the Phillies' frustrations at Citi Field last night, pitching and batting them to a 4-0 victory.
Halladay threw eight shutout innings during which he was rarely in trouble and stroked a single en route to scoring what turned out to be the first and winning run. Prior to last night's win the Phils had been shut out in all four games they'd played in Queens. It's worth noting that during the current series Phils' pitching has only allowed one run in eighteen innings. More feast or famine.
Halladay has met or exceeded all the expectations that accompanied him to Philadelphia last off season. His 15-8 record could easily include a few more wins given the poor run support he's received on occasion. He's thrown a perfect game. He leads the league in innings pitched, has the third best ERA among starters, and is among the leaders in shutouts and strikeouts. Oh, and he's a stopper, perhaps the most important contribution to a team that is struggling to remain in the pennant race despite all the injuries to starting players.