Monday, May 18, 2009

White Sox fail to bury Halladay early

Roy Halladay did not have his best stuff in the first inning Sunday against the White Sox. He allowed 3 hits and made an error which proved costly. The ChiSox took advantage, scoring a pair of runs to lift themselves to an early 2 run cushion. However, a poor base running decision by Jermaine Dye killed the early rally, and Doc Halladay dominated in typical fashion from there.

Up 2-0, with runners on 1st and 2nd, Dye attempted to swipe 3rd base. He failed, marking the first out of the inning. You can't make the first out of an inning at 3rd! It was at that moment where Chicago lost their early mojo, and three batters later, Doc navigated his way out of a tough start to the contest.

Against a brilliant pitcher like Halladay it's imperative bury him early to have any level of success, because he'll bear down and burn you later. After the first frame, Halladay allowed just 3 hits against no runs in the following six innings, striking out 7 more batters.

After digging themselves an early hole, the Blue Jays offense came to life, scoring 8 runs to lift Halladay to his Major League leading 8th victory. Vintage Doc. Just when he appears vulnerable, he bounces back to dominate.

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