Win Number One
September 27, 1998. A 21-year-old Roy Halladay makes his second Major League start. He had entered the season as a top-50 prospect, according to Baseball America, but a rough showing in the upper levels in 1997 had pushed his stock to slip a bit. Really, ’98’s showing in Triple-A wasn’t exactly the most awe-inspiring effort, either, as Doc posted a 3.79 ERA with 71 strikeouts to 53 walks in 116.1 IP. Following up a no-decision debut against the then-fledgling Devil Rays, Halladay took the mound against a Detroit Tigers lineup that featured Tony Clark, Bobby Higginson and future Diamondbacks hero Luis Gonzalez.
Halladay recorded 26 outs without allowing a hit before Higginson cracked a solo homer. The no-hitter was gone, but the Blue Jays had provided him with two runs of support, and so the victory was his after out number twenty-seven, Frank Catalanotto, was recorded.