Halladay allows eight runs as Indians clobber Phillies

Halladay allows eight runs as Indians clobber Phillies

April 30, 2013, 11:15 pm
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CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis, Asdrubal Cabrera, Mike Aviles and Jason Giambi.
 
It’s easier to list the Indians’ position players who didn’t hit homers Tuesday night than the ones who did.
 
The Indians clubbed seven home runs, three of them against Roy Halladay, and coasted to a 14-2 win over the Phillies at Progressive Field (see Instant Replay).
 
This is only the fourth time in the last 98 years the Phillies have allowed seven homers in a game.
 
It was also a setback for Halladay, who was awful in his first two starts this year, very good in his last three and awful again Tuesday night.
 
This was the first time in his last 361 starts Halladay has allowed eight or more runs in less than four innings.
 
“I had to be spot-on today, I really did, and I just wasn’t,” Halladay said. “You catch any other team any other time, and you’re OK, but today I had to be spot-on and I wasn’t.
 
“I’m not discouraged at all. I feel like we’ve really come a long ways, and I feel good about where I am.”
 
The Indians are fourth in the majors in hitting at .265 and sixth in runs scored at 5.0 per game. Their .764 OPS is third best in baseball.
 
The Tribe have now scored 33 runs in their last three games and scored nine or more in three straight games for only the fourth time in franchise history.
 
But this is Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner and 200-game winner.
 
When he’s good, it’s not supposed to matter who he’s facing.
 
“We ran into a hot team,” said Halladay, whose ERA rose to 6.75 -- fourth worst in the majors. “The last couple of days they’ve been swinging it pretty good. They didn’t chase a lot of balls out of the zone and they hit some good pitches. And they also hit some bad pitches. It was a tough combination.
 
“When they’re swinging like that, you have to be pretty sharp. You can’t make a lot of mistakes. And even some of the good pitches got hit. If you’re really sharp, you can limit it to a degree, but when they’re swinging the way they are right now, it makes it tough.”
 
The Indians pounded out 17 hits against four Phillies pitchers and set a franchise record for most homers in a home game. They had hit seven on the road three times.
 
Halladay needed 76 pitches to get 11 outs. He faced 21 hitters, and 11 reached base. More than half.
 
“It gets back to location,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “When he fell behind in the count, he was having trouble putting the ball where he wanted. When he had to come in, they were swinging well. You have nights where you hit the ball like they did tonight. They had an exceptional night. About every ball they hit was hard.”
 
Is it time to really start worrying about Halladay? He did allow only four earned runs in his last three starts.
 
But he’s now had three games in six starts this year in which he’s allowed five or more earned runs and lasted four or fewer innings.
 
In his previous 241 starts, dating back to July of 2004, he had only two such games.
 
But Halladay insisted he’s not discouraged.
 
“You know what, no,” he said. “I don’t think so. I think the progression’s there, and I feel good. I didn’t make as many good pitches as I wanted to, but the things we’ve been doing have been working, and they’ve been working well. …
 
“They just didn’t chase a lot of bad pitches, a lot of pitcher’s pitches. They took the good ones you get outs on and they hit the ones they were supposed to hit.”
 
Carlos Santana and Mark Reynolds smacked two-run homers off Halladay in the first, and Lonnie Chisenhall added a two-run shot in the fourth against Halladay.
 
Ryan Raburn and Michael Brantley added two-run homers in the fifth off Chad Durbin, and Raburn and Drew Stubbs went back-to-back in the seventh off Raul Valdes.
 
The Indians became the first team since the 2005 Rangers vs. the Angels to hit five two-run homers in a game and they missed the interleague record by one.
 
“Everything they hit was hard,” Manuel said. “That's about all you can say.
 
“When he came in, the ball was on the big part of the plate. They were putting good swings on him. But not only that, they were putting good swings on Durbin and Valdes and Aumont. They were putting good swings on everybody.”
 
Delmon Young and Chase Utley hit solo homers for the Phillies, Young in his first plate appearance as a Phillie.
 
Zach McAllister went seven innings for the Indians, allowing five hits and two runs for his eighth career win.

The Phillies are now 12-15 this year and 7-14 against teams other than the Mets.
 
“When you hit like that, what the heck?” Manuel said. “The best thing about that was we got through it.
 
“I guess.”