Saturday, August 1, 2015

Halladay rides change-up, results be darned

CLEARWATER, Fla. — After Roy Halladay threw Josh Willingham a change-up that had no action and was mashed for a solo home run in the first inning Wednesday, he went to the bench to find catcher Carlos Ruiz.

Halladay rides change-up, results be darned

0 comments
Roy Halladay lacked command of his change-up in his start against the Twins. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay lacked command of his change-up in his start against the Twins. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — After Roy Halladay threw Josh Willingham a change-up that had no action and was mashed for a solo home run in the first inning Wednesday, he went to the bench to find catcher Carlos Ruiz.

Halladay didn't have the feel for his change-up.

"I told Chooch, 'Keep calling it as much as you can,'" Halladay said. "See if we can figure out how it feels when it's off. We have some ideas and things I can play with in my next bullpen."

Halladay failed to complete three innings and needed 70 pitches for eight outs. Minnesota scored five times off him in a 6-5 Phillies loss. Later, Halladay said his consistency is not what he demands of himself. But, after all, there are still more than two weeks until Halladay will commence the season with a start in Pittsburgh.

More coverage
 
Twins defeat Phillies, 6-4
 
Bush, Gillies among Phillies' first cuts
 
Phillies' Howard restarts rehab
 
High Cheese: Rollins pessimistic about Howard's return
 
Brown can be so Dom frustrating

"I'm going to use the entire spring training to get ready," Halladay said. "I feel like we're getting closer. Mechanically things are better. It's just the consistency of executing pitches. It's ultimately what I need to improve on the most."

At 66 pitches, Rich Dubee came to the mound to ask Halladay if he wanted to continue. Halladay was hoping for a quick out, so he said yes. Then he issued a four-pitch walk to Ryan Doumit and his day was over.

"I was pretty gassed at that point," Halladay said.

"I don't know if it's the weather or where we're at," Dubee said, "but he doesn't have a feel for his change-up yet. It's spring training."

Halladay will have an extra day of rest before his next outing, Tuesday against Baltimore.


Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

The place for up-to-the-minute Phillies coverage from The Inquirer's beat writers and columnists.

Jake Kaplan Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Brookover Inquirer Columnist
Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Breen Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter