It almost could not have been easier for Roy Halladay, who exited the 2011 MLB All Star game after two perfect innings of work that took him just 19 pitches. He got through the first three hitters in the first on nine pitches, but “struggled” a bit in the second taking a whole ten pitches… So before he was barely even warmed up, Doc takes a seat and Cliff Lee takes over.
Halladyay becomes the first Phillie to start the All Star game and not allow a run since Robin Roberts did it in 1953. There are have six Phillies to start the midsummer classic over that span.
As the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb tweeted, Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, who wasn’t enthused about Doc starting tonight, will likely be a very happy man.
Go to the nearest bar in Sarasota, Fla. Shots on Rich Dubee. Halladay throws only 19 pitches in two perfect innings. He’s done.
As for the NL offense, they have managed to get a man on in each of the first two innings, but neither runner has managed to advance past first base.