Harry Leroy Halladay, making his second start in a Phillies uniform, acquired his 150th career win and 50th complete game today to complete the series sweep over the Houston Astros. He currently holds the record amongst active pitchers for complete games. Behind him is Tim Wakefield with 32.
The only base runners Halladay granted today in Houston were those who dared to swing the bat against him and connect for a base hit. He refused to walk a single batter out of the 32 that he faced. He allowed just 1 run on 7 hits, striking out eight and doing it on 111 pitches. 111 pitches. In a complete game.
In the bottom of the 5th, he faced Pedro Feliz, Kazuo Matsui and J.R. Towles. When the inning was over, he had thrown just 8 pitches and chalked up 2 K’s. No big deal.
The lone run to cross the plate for the Astros came in the bottom of the 6th inning. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Halladay worked out of the jam by forcing Cory Sullivan to ground into a double play, followed by a pop out by Carlos Lee to end the inning.
Halladay finished off his first NL complete game by retiring the last nine batters he faced.
As if what he accomplishes on the mound isn’t enough, Roy Halladay’s also got himself a 2-game hitting streak. Is there anything this guy can’t do?
Doc has pitched 16 innings in his first two starts this year. He’s walked just two batters, has 17 K’s and a 0.56 ERA. We may only be heading into the second week of the 2010 season, but it’s pretty safe to say that we’re in good hands with Roy.