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Halladay holds off Nats, earns complete-game victory

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WASHINGTON -- Roy Halladay followed eight dominant innings with one rather shaky one and, suddenly, Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was ambling out to the mound.

Pulling his pitcher? Nope. More like a quick chat, to hear Manuel tell it.

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"I said: 'Well Roy, here I am,' " Manuel recounted. "He said: 'I got 'em.' He said: 'I got 'em. I got 'em.' " So Manuel finished off the exchange by telling the righty: "Well, OK. You got 'em, then.' "

Halladay certainly did.

Finishing with a flourish, Halladay struck out the game's last two batters with his final six pitches, holding on to throw his first complete game of 2011 and lead the Phillies past the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Through eight shutout innings, Halladay (2-0) allowed only a pair of singles by Adam LaRoche, who talked his way back into Washington's lineup despite a hurt groin. In the ninth, Halladay allowed four hits, including RBI singles by Laynce Nix and Danny Espinosa.

"It may be naive, but I never felt in trouble. I felt like it was just a matter of making good pitches," said Halladay, who finished with nine strikeouts and two walks. "There was never like a panic or rush feeling."

With two on and one out, the two-time Cy Young Award winner fanned pinch-hitter Matt Stairs and Ivan Rodriguez, who argued the game-ending call on Halladay's 123rd pitch at length.

"From where I was at, it looked like he had it all going. He could throw any pitch at any time," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "He's the real deal."

John Lannan (1-1) fell to 0-9 against Philadelphia despite pitching solidly Wednesday.

"Going against a guy like Halladay, you've got to match him, and I didn't do that," Lannan said. "I won't be happy until we beat them -- and I pitch."

He allowed only two earned runs -- plus one that was unearned -- and six hits, five of which were singles. Shortstop Ian Desmond's two errors in the fourth led to one run, and the Phillies added two in the fifth, including when Lannan hit Ryan Howard on the bottom of his right wrist with the bases loaded.

Howard had X-rays, which showed nothing was broken.

All in all, Lannan wasn't bad, but nothing compared to what Halladay produced. If Lannan can't beat the Phillies, Halladay can't lose -- well, almost can't -- to the Nationals or anyone in the NL East, for that matter. He is now 9-1 against the club over his career, and has won his 11 starts against division opponents since June 2010.

"He beared down at the end. He reached back and got something. Good pitchers do," Manuel said. "When you reach down and do, that means you're in good shape."

The scariest moment for Halladay -- and his team -- came in the fourth, when half of Espinosa's broken, splintered bat flew directly at the pitcher's head. Halladay ducked out of harm's way at the last instant, and his defense recorded a double play.

"Not scary," he said. "Shocking."

Halladay walked one batter in 15 2/3 innings this season before he issued back-to-back free passes to Desmond and Rick Ankiel in the third. But ex-Phillies outfielder Werth -- booed by large batches of Philadelphia fans each time he strode to the plate -- grounded out to end the inning.

The last time Halladay walked back-to-back batters also came against the Nationals, on Aug. 20 last season, when Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman drew bases on balls in the first inning.

After LaRoche's second hit, leading off the fourth, Halladay retired 14 of 15 batters.

"He did what he always does," LaRoche said. "He's around the zone, a ton of strikes. That being said, not a lot over the heart of the plate."

Then came the ninth, when Ankiel led off with a double, and Werth singled, putting runners at the corners. After LaRoche struck out, Nix singled to right, ending Halladay's scoreless streak against Washington after 30 innings. Espinosa then scored another with an infield single.

With Jose Contreras warming up in the bullpen, Manuel went out for a visit, but left Halladay in.

Good call.

"You feel you should clean it up on your own," Halladay said, "instead of bringing someone else in."

Notes

  • Wednesday was the second anniversary of the death of Phillies announcer Harry Kalas, who collapsed in the broadcast booth at Nationals Park before a game on April 13, 2009. "We lost a tremendous person. He was a face for the Phillies -- a voice. He'd been around a long time. He was very popular and well-liked," Manuel said. "He was good for Philadelphia, he was good for the Phillies, and he was good for baseball."
 
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Roy Halladay thanks catcher Carlos Ruiz for helping him get through an unexpectedly difficult ninth inning.  (US Presswire)
Roy Halladay thanks catcher Carlos Ruiz for helping him get through an unexpectedly difficult ninth inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Halladay
IP 9.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 2
K 9
Philadelphia

P. Polanco
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Shane Victorino, CF3010101 .364
Placido Polanco, 3B3021101 .370
Jimmy Rollins, SS4110002 .326
Ryan Howard, 1B3001011 .333
Ben Francisco, RF4001003 .279
Raul Ibanez, LF4000030 .233
Carlos Ruiz, C3010100 .333
Wilson Valdez, 2B3110101 .353
Roy Halladay, P3100012 .167
Totals3036345  
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2B - Shane Victorino (3, Lannan)
SH - Roy Halladay (2)
RBI - Placido Polanco (10), Ryan Howard (13), Ben Francisco (8)
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco (7), Ryan Howard (3)
Team LOB - 6
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DP - Valdez-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Halladay (W,2-0) 9622290 1.23
HBP - Nix (by Roy Halladay)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 123-88
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 9-8
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 35
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Desmond, SS3000100 .196
Rick Ankiel, CF3110100 .220
Jayson Werth, RF4110022 .238
Adam LaRoche, 1B4020012 .229
Laynce Nix, LF3011001 .278
Danny Espinosa, 2B3011002 .276
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B3000032 .059
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Ivan Rodriguez, C4000022 .136
John Lannan, P2000000 .000
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   b- Alex Cora, PH1000000 .182
    Brian Broderick, P0000000 .000
Totals3126229  
a-struck out for Hairston in the 9th
b-grounded out for Slaten in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rick Ankiel (1, Halladay)
SH - Danny Espinosa (1)
RBI - Laynce Nix (4), Danny Espinosa (7)
SB - Ian Desmond (4, 2nd base off Halladay/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hairston-Espinosa-LaRoche, Espinosa-Desmond-LaRoche, Espinosa-Desmond-LaRoche
E - Ian Desmond 2 (3, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lannan (L,1-1) 6632330 3.38
Chad Gaudin 1000110 6.75
Doug Slaten 1000010 0.00
Brian Broderick 1000000 16.20
HBP - Howard (by John Lannan)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 100-55, Chad Gaudin 21-9, Doug Slaten 10-8, Brian Broderick 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 10-3, Doug Slaten 1-1, Brian Broderick 2-1
Batters Faced - John Lannan 26, Chad Gaudin 4, Doug Slaten 3, Brian Broderick 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16914
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi