Despite giving up 5 runs, Halladay never really let the game get away from him. It was just unfortunate that a few badly placed pitches to Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler translated into 4 runs for the Rangers. If you wipe those two hits from the box score and looking at Halladay’s 9 strikeouts and 0 walks, you’d think it was just another dominant start from the best pitcher in baseball.
The Blue Jays kept the Rangers outfield busy most of the night, pounding it mostly to right and center field. When Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz weren’t making acrobatic plays to rob the Blue Jays of extra base hits, a few of those balls hit to the outfield actually slipped through their fingers. Namely the double in the 3rd inning by Alex Rios, who was convinced at first that it was just another fly out. We were pleasantly surprised by the results.
At least the Jays put themselves in a good position to tie the game in the 8th and the 9th, with the tying run at 3rd base. I wish that Snider, Rios and Wells would have maybe worked the count a little more against Frank Francisco, but I try not to nitpick.
Despite Roy Halladay’s robotic-like exterior, he is still human and does lose a game from time to time. But it’s all a part of his programming – because if he won every single game, then people would probably get suspicious.