Philadelphia Phillies Ace Roy Halladay Goes the Distance in Win Against Old Team

By Cody Swartz

Roy Halladay spent his first 12 years of major league baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays, racking up six All-Star selections and a Cy Young award before a trade sent him to Philadelphia before the 2010 season.

Today was Halladay’s first start against his old team, as the Phillies traveled to Toronto for a three-game series. Halladay pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on eight hits. He walked just one, struck out eight, and took advantage of a two-run home run by Chase Utley to earn his major-league-leading 11th win.

Halladay has now thrown six complete games this season. To put that total in perspective, Cole Hamels has eight in his career.

What was a great moment in the game was when Halladay trotted out to hand in the lineup card and received a resounding round of applause from the Toronto crowd. It was fitting Halladay was able to go the distance, getting a ground ball double play courtesy of Jimmy Rollins to end the game.

The Phillies have not lost a game started by Halladay – the likely starter in for the NL in the 2011 All-Star Game – in 48 days.

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