Phillies offense struggling so they call Doc

May, 21, 2011
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Roy Halladay
Halladay
Roy Halladay turned in another great performance Friday -- overcoming the Philadelphia Phillies' struggling offense -- to beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 as interleague play got underway.

Halladay allowed a run in the first inning for the first time all season, and didn't allow another one until the eighth, holding the Rangers to 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Since Halladay’s rookie season in 1998, he’s won 79 starts when he’s pitched eight or more innings. That’s the most in the majors in that span. Only four others are within 20 of that figure, two of which are active.

It's the 51st time he's thrown eight innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer since 2006, also most in the majors in that span. It's good news for the Phillies that two of his teammates are on the list.

Halladay threw 116 pitches and 79 of them were fastballs, which made his offspeed stuff even better. The Rangers went 0-for-10 with six strikeouts against his curveball and changeup -- five of the six strikeouts were swings and misses on pitches out of the strike zone.

The Phillies offense is in a funk right now so they are lucky that their ace was on Friday night. This was the seventh straight game that Philadelphia had six hits or fewer. That’s their longest such streak in the Live Ball Era (since 1920).

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, you have to go all the way back to June of 1908 to find the last time the Phillies had a streak this long, when they scored six or fewer in nine consecutive games.

It's also their seventh straight game scoring three runs or fewer, which is tied for the longest streak of three runs or fewer AND six hits or fewer by any team in the divisional era (since 1969). One more game like that and they'll tie the 1930 St. Louis Browns for the longest such streak in the live ball era.

C.J. Wilson
Wilson
They managed only two at-bats with runners in scoring position all night, but thanks to two unlikely home runs, they came out on top. Ben Francisco homered for the first time in 19 games. He was hitting just .140 since his last home run.

Raul Ibanez, who entered the game just 2-for-19 with seven strikeouts against Rangers starter C.J. Wilson, took him deep in the fourth inning for the Phillies' deciding third run. Elias tells us that it snapped a 329 at-bat HR drought by lefties against Wilson, the longest such active streak in the majors at the time.

Things are so bad for the Phillies offense that slugger Ryan Howard is hitless in his past 23 at-bats, the longest such streak of his entire career.

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