A PAIR OF ACES

If you’re a fan of great pitching, it doesn’t get any better than tomorrow night when Josh Johnson faces Roy Halladay at Citizens Bank Park.

This will be the 4th time the 2 aces have matched up since Halladay joined the Phillies in 2010.

The Marlins have won 2 of the previous 3 games, with the 2 teams COMBINING for 6 runs in the 3 games.

May 29, 2010—Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in major league history, and basically had to, to beat JJ and the Marlins 1-0. Doc fanned 11, while Josh allowed a single unearned run that scored on a misplayed fly ball by Cameron Maybin. JJ’s final line on the night: 7 innings pitched, 7 hits, one unearned run, one walk and 6 K’s.

June 10, 2010—2 starts after Halladay’s perfect game, Josh and the Marlins exacted a measure of revenge, pulling out a 2-0 win at Citizens Bank Park. While Halladay limited Miami to one run on 6 hits with a walk and 8 K’s over 8 innings, Johnson fired 8 innings of 3-hit shutout ball with one walk and 5 punchouts.

May 10, 2011—In Josh’s 2nd-to-last start of 2011, both aces pitched brilliantly in a 2-1 Marlins victory at Sun Life. Halladay took the loss, throwing an 8-inning complete game, allowing 2 runs (one earned) on 5 hits with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts. Josh got a no-decision, limiting the Phils to one run on 6 hits over 7 with 3 walks and 7 K’s. A Jimmy Rollins error and a Halladay wild pitch set the stage for Chris Coghlan’s game-winning RBI single in the 8th, an unearned run the difference.

So in the 3 games in which Halladay and Johnson have matched up over the last 2 seasons, here are their totals:

HALLADAY: 1-2 with a 0.72 ERA (25 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 28 K)

JOHNSON: 1-1 with a 0.41 ERA (22 IP, 16 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 18 K)

Do you want to be a hitter tomorrow night?

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2 Comments

Glenn, have you heard if Giancarlo is going to be in the lineup?

Won’t know until he gets to the ballpark tomorrow and they see how he’s doing.

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