Roy Halladay Gets 20th Win in Final Start of the Year

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst ISeptember 25, 2008

It was a night to remember for Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays as their 8-2 win over the New York Yankees gave Halladay his second 20-win season of his career, thus ending the season on a very good note.

It was another typical Halladay type start as he extended his lead in complete games, getting his ninth of the season and throwing only 96 pitches to do it. Halladay completed more games on his own than 27 teams as a whole.

This outing lowered Halladay's ERA to a minuscule 2.78, good for second in the league. He also finished the year with his highest strikeout total ever, 206.

The right-hander sliced his way through New York's lineup, completing the game in 96 pitches, inducing 17 outs via ground ball, and retiring the final 13 batters he faced in order. He finished the game having given up only two runs on six hits, one walk, while striking out five batters.

If not for a lack of run support, Halladay would likely have 23 or 24 wins now. However, the Jays were able to put a beat down on Yankees starter Carl Pavano to give Halladay some run support in his last outing, enabling him to reach the great 20-win milestone.

Vernon Wells led the offensive charge with four RBI, with two on his 18th home run of the season in the third inning and two off his single in the fourth. Eight of the Jays' batters managed a hit and rookie Travis Snider went 3-for-4, continuing his impressive first month in the majors.

Carl Pavano ended up lasting just three-and-two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, two walks, while striking out just one batter. The Yankees had to use five relievers just to end the game.

Up Next: Scott Richmond (0-3) starts off Toronto's last series of the season against Chris Waters (3-4) and his Baltimore Orioles.