Sunday, May 5, 2013

Halladay Struggles Again as Phillies Fall to Marlins, 14-2

By SAMUEL BOTWINICK  |  Staff Writer
@avdbkr20samuel

Roy Halladay has had his fair share of struggles this season.  Sunday's game against the Marlins was no different as the Phillies fell to the Marlins 14-2 at Citizens Bank Park. 

The Marlins jumped on Halladay in the first as he battled control issues, walking three batters, including a hit batsman. By the time the damage was done, Halladay surrendered five runs for the first time in his career since April 29, 1999.

After loading the bases, Halladay surrendered a double to Marcell Ozuna.  Three batters later, Adeiny Hechavarria was standing on third, and another three runs had scored to give the Marlins a 5-0 lead.

In the second, after loading the bases once again, Halladay surrendered a grand slam to Hechavarria and the Marlins jumped ahead 9-0.

The Phillies were finally able to push their first runs across the board since their last win on Friday in the eighth inning, when Carlos Ruiz walked and scored on Ben Revere's single.  Marlins reliever, A.J. Ramos, had an errant throw allowing Revere to go to second.  Revere advanced to third on Laynce Nix's ground out, and scored on Freddy Galvis's RBI ground out to first base to cut into the Marlins'  lead and make the score 12-2.   

Halladay struggled drastically, surrendering more runs in fewer innings than his previous outing against the Indians;  surrendering nine earned runs in 2 1/3 innings on four hits.

Hechavarria was the only player this season since Billy Butler in opening week to collect seven RBIs in one game against the Phillies.

Kevin Slowey pitched well for the Marlins, tossing seven scoreless innings on two hits, while striking out seven.

Cliff Lee will try to help the Phillies bounce back when they play the Giants tomorrow at 10:15 p.m at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

-  Samuel Botwinick is a staff writer for the Philadelphia Baseball Review.  Contact him at sbotwinick@philadelphiabaseballreview.com or @avdbkr20samuel on Twitter.

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