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Phillies Blogathon: Hour 46

Roy Halladay has had trouble with the first batter of games this season.

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 46

Roy Halladay has been his usual stellar self on the mound this season, with one exception — the first hitter he has faced each game.

Those leadoff batters are hitting .452 (31-14) with one walk and two strikeouts. Eight of them have come around to score, including a steal of home. Throw in three doubles and a triple and their slugging percentage in .613.

Here is how the first batter in each of Roy Halladay's starts has fared:

Date Opponent Batter      At-Bat       Result
April 1 Astros Michael Bourn Lined out to CF
April 7 Mets Jose Reyes Singled to RF Stranded at 2nd  
April 13 at Nationals Ian Desmond Grounded out to 3B   
April 19 Brewers Ricky Weeks Singled to SS Forced at 2nd
April 24 at Padres Cameron Maybin Struck out
April 30 Mets Jose Reyes Flied out to RF
May 5 Nationals Danny Espinosa Grounded out to SS
May 10 at Marlins Chris Coghlan Struck out looking
May 15 at Braves Martin Prado Singled to SS Stranded at 1st
May 20 Rangers Elvis Andrus Singled to RF Stole home
May 25 Reds Drew Stubbs Popped out to 2B
May 30 at Nationals Rick Ankiel Singled to CF Stranded at 3rd
June 5 at Pirates Xavier Paul Singled to RF Scored
June 10 Cubs Kosuke Fukudome Singled to LF Stranded at 1st
June 15 Marlins Hanley Ramirez Doubled to LF Scored
June 21 at Cardinals Ryan Theriot Walked Caught stealing
June 26 Athletics Jemile Weeks Popped out to C
July 2 at Blue Jays Aaron Hill Flied out to RF
July 8 Braves Jordan Schafer Grounded out to 1B
July 18 at Cubs Kosuke Fukudome    Grounded out to 2B
July 24 Padres Cameron Maybin Singled to CF Scored
July 29 Pirates Xavier Paul Reached on error Out advancing
Aug. 3 at Rockies Eric Young Bunt single Scored
Aug. 8 at Dodgers Tony Gwynn Grounded out to SS
Aug. 16 D'backs Willie Bloomquist Popped out to 2B
Aug. 21 at Nationals    Ian Desmond Doubled to RF Scored
Aug. 30 at Reds Brandon Phillips Singled to RF Stranded at 2nd
Sept. 4 at Marlins Emilio Bonifaco Tripled to RF Scored
Sept. 9 at Brewers Corey Hart Grounded out to SS
Sept. 14 at Astros Jordan Schafer Lined out to 3B
Sept. 19 Cardinals Rafael Furcal Doubled to RF Scored
Sept. 26   at Mets Jose Reyes Flied out to RF — 
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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