The Phillies looked slow and tired,
Their play largely uninspired,
Stranding runners on base,
A poor start from their ace,
In third place, they are now mired.
The much-ballyhooed rematch of last year’s World Series began the same way the 2009 season ended: in defeat and disappointment for the Phillies.
Roy Halladay (8-5, 2.36) was bewildered in the Bronx, allowing six runs on eight hits in six innings. Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, and Mark Teixiera would each homer off of Halladay, marking the third time since 2009 that he would give up three home runs to Yankee hitters. The Phillies would plate three runs in the fourth, and Chase Utley would have his first multi-hit game since May23, but that wouldn’t be enough to overcome Roy’s shaky outing.
Help may be on the way for the Fightins. Jimmy Rollins played five innings in Clearwater last night, and JA Happ is scheduled to make his second rehab start in Reading on Friday.
The Phillies remain 3.5 games behind the first place Braves in the NL East. They continue their series with the Yankees tonight at 7:05 with Jamie Moyer (6-6, 5.03) squaring off against AJ Burnett (6-4, 3.86).