Roy Halladay returned to the mound for the Phillies on Sunday afternoon, under 12 hours after the conclusion of Saturday’s 18 inning marathon. His return, and results for that matter, were a pleasant surprise: Halladay used precision to navigate six innings against Arizona, pitching the Phillies to a 9-5 win.
Halladay maxed out at 89 MPH today, but gave up just four hits and two walks through six innings, limiting the Diamondback damage to just two runs, both earned.
Halladay’s outing began with reason for fans to hold their breath: the lead-off hitter, Tony Campana, started the game with a lead-off triple. The next batter, Adam Eaton, followed with an RBI single. But Halladay settled in, including a stretch of seven straight retired.
Diekman entered the game on a tear: from July 31 until today, Diekman had help opponents to a .158 BAA with a 2.25 ERA. Diekman finished the game for the Phils in the ninth, pitching a perfect frame, racking up two strike...