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Complete-game loss

ATLANTA -- Roy Halladay has thrown two complete games in a row only to lose both. In the last five years, that has happened to three pitchers.

Complete-game loss

Roy Halladay has thrown back-to-back complete game losses. (John Bazemore/AP)
Roy Halladay has thrown back-to-back complete game losses. (John Bazemore/AP)

ATLANTA -- Roy Halladay has thrown two complete games in a row only to lose both. In the last five years, that has happened to three pitchers.

Two of them, of course, are currently Phillies.

Rk   Strk Start End Games W L GS CG IP H ER BB SO ERA Tm
1 Roy Halladay 2008-04-17 2008-04-29 3 0 3 3 3 25.2 25 10 3 16 3.51 TOR
2 Roy Halladay 2011-05-10 2011-05-15 2 0 2 2 2 16.0 13 4 4 16 2.25 PHI
3 Johan Santana 2010-08-17 2010-08-22 2 0 2 2 2 16.0 13 6 2 16 3.38 NYM
4 Roy Oswalt 2006-06-30 2006-07-05 2 0 2 2 2 17.0 17 4 4 11 2.12 HOU
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/16/2011.

As I wrote in today's game story, poor run support is something Halladay probably thought he left behind in Toronto. In that three-game stretch during the 2008 season when Halladay threw three straight complete games for the Blue Jays, his team scored four runs while allowing 10.

In this current two-game stretch, Halladay has allowed five runs. The Phillies have scored three times.

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The game story was about the little things that cost Halladay but could have been masked by a halfway decent offense. A reader email from Greg Bonner pointed out another little thing I missed:

In the third inning, the only inning the Phillies had more than one hit, Halladay failed to lay down a bunt. That likely cost the Phillies a run.

Carlos Ruiz was still on first when Michael Martinez hit a two-out single to right-center. If Ruiz is on second, he probably scores there.

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Chase Utley was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in a single-A Clearwater rehab game Sunday. More importantly, he played nine innings in the field for the first time. No word yet on what his plan for today is.


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