Blue Jays-Red Sox: Roy Halladay Plunks David Ortiz midst Shutout

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Blue Jays-Red Sox: Roy Halladay Plunks David Ortiz midst Shutout
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“It just got away from me...You don't want to see anybody get hurt, but sometimes those things happen and you move on.”

Roy Halladay is so accurate with his pitches. Even the ones he throws to plunk opposing hitters are delivered with pinpoint accuracy.

Knowing how precise Halladay is, there is no way the pitch that hit David Ortiz Wednesday “got away from him” and landed on the exact same spot that Jonathan Papelbon plunked Adam Lind the game before.

But kudos to Halladay for standing up for his teammates, whether or not Papelbon hit Lind intentionally in the first place.

I guess Billy Wagner was released from the old folks home for a night because he piped up and said the following about what Halladay did to Ortiz:

"I don’t know what they’re thinking there," Wagner said after the game. "If it had been any other pitcher besides [Halladay], they’d get tossed. I think it’s a little bush league, but it’s the way it is.”

Although that storyline is the first thing that was mentioned in this article, it was actually secondary to the pitching masterpiece that Doc spun against the Boston Red Sox.

He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and only allowed three hits after the no-no was lost.

Aside from no-hitting the Sox in his final start of the season, Doc could not have ended the season on a higher note; two straight complete-game shutouts and a streak of 24 innings without a run allowed.

If the Blue Jays are still planning on trading him in the offseason, his strong finish will go a long way towards increasing his value this winter.

For the time being, let's sit back and bask in the glory of what was arguably the finest pitching performance of the year by Roy Halladay.

Thanks, Doc. We truly appreciated it.

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