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.