Another day, another gem for Cy Young candidate Roy Halladay. Not that he really needed it, as the Toronto Blue Jays put their foot on the throat of the New York Yankees today with a 14-3 thrashing.
Halladay could have potentially lengthened his lead in complete games today but was taken out after throwing only 95 pitches. He completed seven innings of work, even though he has shown that he is capable of throwing 120-130 pitches a game.
Although Halladay could have gone for another complete game, Cito Gaston made the right move in pulling Halladay from the game and saving his arm for his next start, especially considering that the Jays held a commanding 10-run lead at that point in the game.
Halladay's only blemish on the evening came in the seventh inning. With two men on, Hideki Matsui took a high fastball and deposited it over the outfield fence.
This is probably what caused Gaston to relieve Halladay of his start after the inning.
In those seven innings, Halladay gave up three runs on just five hits, with just two walks, while striking out an amazing nine batters.
Scott Downs made his first appearance since spraining his ankle and threw a scoreless inning, as did Brandon League.
Halladay's counterpart, Sidney Ponson, had the exact opposite type of start as Halladay.
He went for only two-plus innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits, two walks and striking out zero batters.
Vernon Wells was the only player not to get a hit, as seven players scored a run and six got at least one RBI. The Jays also managed an amazing 21 hits.
They also had at least one run in each of the first five innings and were able to keep the runs coming against the Yankees' bullpen. This win gave them the series victory.
Up next: Shaun Marcum (8-5) starts off a series against a familiar foe in Paul Byrd (7-11) and his Boston Red Sox.