Halladay Takes Down The Empire

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By Samantha Russo — 3/10/2011
The 2-year extension of Phillies manager Charlie Manuel wasn’t the only good news Philadelphia fans got today. Phillies ace Roy Halladay took down the visiting New York Yankees in a 7-0 victory. Halladay was untouchable. He retired the first 10 batters he faced before allowing a single in the third inning. Halladay threw six scoreless innings. Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia was on point as well. Sabathia retired seven of the first eight batters he faced and went five scoreless innings.
Through the bottom of the sixth inning the game remained scoreless. Then, Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino hit a sacrifice fly off of Robert Fish into centerfield to put Philadelphia ahead. Placido Polanco doubled to score Jimmy Rollins and John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer to make the score 4-0.
The Phillies didn’t stop there. In the bottom of the eighth, Mark Prior was on the mound for the lifeless Yankees. Ben Francisco hit a double that sent Wilson Valdez home and widened the gap 5-0. Justin Maxwell dropped an easy fly ball that brought in two more runs for Philly.
The Yankees couldn’t come back in the end. The 1, 2, 3, inning in the bottom of the ninth ended the game quickly. The Phillies are currently 8-6 this spring training.