Without his best stuff working, Roy Halladay (16-8) extend his shutout streak to 15 innings in a 1-0 Phillies defeat of Washington Friday night. (AP)
In a weird way, outings like these resonate just as much as Halladay’s mantelpiece efforts. It’s as if he walked three and balked (his first since 2005) just to show a different side of himself. He leads the league with 180 strikeouts, but groundouts were supposed to be his modus operandi. Washington applied the pressure in the first, third, fourth and seventh, but Halladay emerged unscathed, including a key Roger Bernadina GIDP magic act in the first. Indeed, Halladay, who has won six-consecutive decisions, continues to show why the Phillies were lovesick over landing him for four seasons.