Sunday, December 28, 2014

A rare feat

For the first time in his career, Roy Halladay lost a complete game in which he carried a lead into the ninth at home. He finished the 65th game of his career, but that was of little consolation.

A rare feat

Roy Halladay comes into the bench after pitching against the Diamondbacks. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay comes into the bench after pitching against the Diamondbacks. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

For the first time in his career, Roy Halladay lost a complete game in which he carried a lead into the ninth at home. He finished the 65th game of his career, but that was of little consolation.

In fact, Halladay's total night — a complete-game loss with 14 strikeouts is quite the rare feat. He's just the third Phillies pitcher to ever accomplish such a thing.

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO
1 Roy Halladay 2011-08-16 PHI ARI L 2-3 CG 9 ,L 9.0 8 3 3 1 14
2 Terry Mulholland 1993-06-04 PHI COL L 1-2 CG 9 ,L 9.0 7 2 2 0 14
3 Steve Carlton 1981-09-16 (2) PHI NYM L 4-5 CG 8 ,L 8.0 8 5 5 4 15

And since 1978, only 17 other times did a pitcher suffer a similar fate to Halladay's. He was the first in 11 years:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO
1 Roy Halladay 2011-08-16 PHI ARI L 2-3 CG 9 ,L 9.0 8 3 3 1 14
2 Pedro Martinez 2000-05-06 BOS TBD L 0-1 CG 9 ,L 9.0 6 1 1 1 17
3 Shane Reynolds 1999-08-15 HOU PIT L 0-2 CG 9 ,L 9.0 5 2 2 0 14
4 Pedro Martinez 1999-07-07 BOS TBD L 2-3 CG 8 ,L 8.0 7 3 3 2 14
5 Randy Johnson 1999-06-30 ARI CIN L 0-2 CG 8 ,L 8.0 7 2 2 0 17
6 Randy Johnson 1999-06-25 ARI STL L 0-1 CG 9 ,L 9.0 5 1 1 2 14
7 Randy Johnson 1997-06-24 SEA OAK L 1-4 CG 9 ,L 9.0 11 4 4 0 19
8 Randy Johnson 1993-06-24 SEA OAK L 2-3 CG 9 ,L 9.0 4 3 2 8 14
9 Terry Mulholland 1993-06-04 PHI COL L 1-2 CG 9 ,L 9.0 7 2 2 0 14
10 Sid Fernandez 1989-07-14 NYM ATL L 2-3 CG 9 ,L 8.0 6 3 3 0 16
11 Bob Sebra 1987-07-01 MON CHC L 0-1 CG 9 ,L 9.0 3 1 1 1 14
12 Floyd Youmans 1986-09-27 MON PHI L 0-1 CG 9 ,L 9.0 2 1 1 7 15
13 Bert Blyleven 1986-09-24 MIN KCR L 1-2 CG 9 ,L 9.0 9 2 2 0 14
14 Mark Langston 1986-09-17 SEA CHW L 0-3 CG 9 ,L 9.0 9 3 3 1 14
15 Mike Scott 1986-09-14 HOU SDP L 2-3 CG 9 ,L 8.1 8 3 3 0 14
16 Bruce Hurst 1986-05-16 BOS TEX L 1-4 CG 9 ,L 9.0 8 4 3 0 14
17 Dwight Gooden 1984-09-17 NYM PHI L 1-2 CG 8 ,L 8.0 7 2 1 0 16
18 Steve Carlton 1981-09-16 (2) PHI NYM L 4-5 CG 8 ,L 8.0 8 5 5 4 15

Charlie Manuel said afterward that it was Halladay's game to win or lose in the ninth.

"It's his game, isn't it?" Manuel said. "He's my ace. That's the way I look at it. We had those guys throwing [in the bullpen] but there was no discussion. It was his game. There's never been the perfect pitcher or the perfect player, and never will be."


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