Against the Padres Saturday night, Roy Halladay put forth another great effort. Through 7 innings, he allowed only 2 runs while working in and out of trouble. This was the Halladay we are all used to seeing.
Unfortunately, the Phillies offense was also the one we are all used to seeing recently. John Mayberry Jr. and Freddy Galvis teamed up in the 7th to score the Phillies only run. Shane Victorino had 3 hits and a walk, but little to show for it as he kept getting stranded on base.
The Phillies loaded the bases a number of times in this game and got nothing out of it. Hunter Pence was one of the worst offenders; he struck out once and popped up when there was only 1 out in the inning and a sac fly would have scored a run. Ty Wigginton was just as bad. He came up to bat twice with the bases loaded; he flew out once and grounded out once.
Pence, who hit .314 last year, has been awful in 2012. When asked about it, Charlie Manuel told reporters, “Now, what we do about it, I don’t know....