In today’s Opening Day start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Roy Halladay allowed a paltry four base runners in eight innings of work. He served singles to the first two hitters he faced in the first inning, then held the Pirates hitless the rest of the afternoon. The only two times the Pirates reached base after that was when Halladay hit Andrew McCutchen with a pitch in the fourth inning and Clint Barmes in the eighth.
What does that look like in graph form? The following graph shows how many base runners were on at the time of each at-bat. There’s not a lot to show.
Halladay used his curve 22 times out of his 92 total pitches (24 percent). One of them was this beauty:
Halladay’s game score of 83 is his best Opening Day start of his career, in which he has made ten. The nine prior to today:
|2010-04-05||PHI||WSN||W 11-1||GS-7 ,W||7.0||6||1||2||9||0||88||68||27|
|2006-04-04||TOR||MIN||W 6-3||GS-8 ,W||7.2||5||2||0||4||2||88||63||29|
|2005-04-04||TOR||TBD||W 5-2||GS-8 ,W||7.0||9||2||0||7||0||91||58||29|
|2008-04-01||TOR||NYY||L 2-3||GS-7 ,L||7.0||7||3||2||3||1||95||52||27|
|2009-04-06||TOR||DET||W 12-5||GS-7 ,W||7.0||6||5||1||2||2||99||46||27|
|2004-04-05||TOR||DET||L 0-7||GS-7 ,L||6.2||10||6||2||9||3||111||35||32|
|2003-03-31||TOR||NYY||L 4-8||GS-6 ,L||5.2||7||3||4||2||2||103||31||28|
Additionally, today’s 1-0 win marked the 22nd time the Phillies were held scoreless or to just one run on Opening Day, but just the third time they emerged victorious.
|Date||W / L||RS||RA||Season||Postseason|
|April 9, 1913||W||1||0||88-63|
|April 15, 1930||W||1||0||52-102|
|April 5, 2012||W||1||0||N/A|
|April 17, 1902||L||0||7||56-81|
|April 14, 1908||L||1||3||83-71|
|April 14, 1910||L||0||2||78-75|
|April 14, 1925||L||1||3||68-85|
|April 17, 1934||L||1||6||56-93|
|April 14, 1942||L||1||2||42-109|
|April 14, 1953||L||1||4||83-71|
|April 6, 1973||L||0||3||71-91|
|April 8, 1975||L||1||2||86-76|
|April 7, 1978||L||1||5||90-72||Division Champ|
|April 6, 1979||L||1||8||84-78|
|April 5, 1983||L||0||2||90-72||NL Pennant|
|April 9, 1985||L||0||6||75-87|
|April 7, 1987||L||0||6||80-82|
|April 10, 1990||L||1||2||77-85|
|April 8, 1991||L||1||2||78-84|
|March 31, 1998||L||0||1||75-87|
|April 5, 2004||L||1||2||86-76|
|April 5, 2009||L||1||4||93-69||NL Pennant|
Finally, Freddy Galvis became the 41st player to ground into at least two double plays on Opening Day. With two in his first two at-bats, he had the opportunity to join Albert Pujols as the only players to hit into three, but Galvis was able to avoid joining that infamous club. Pujols accomplished his feat last year on March 31 against the San Diego Padres.
A bit of trivia from the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb:
Freddy Galvis was the first Phillie to make his major-league debut in the opening day starting lineup since Bowa and Doyle in 1970.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) April 5, 2012