Halladay got off to a decent start. He allowed two singles but induced a ground-ball double play to end the first inning after only 10 pitches. After two innings he was at 33 pitches, 19 strikes, having allowed a RBI double and three singles with two strikeouts. He averaged 87 mph on his fastball and topped out at 89 mph through the first two innings.
Halladay had a solid third inning throwing 11 pitches, nine of them for strikes, and registering his third strikeout of the game. It got a little dicey for the fourth as he started the inning with back-to-back walks but settled down to get through the fourth inning with 44 total pitches.
The fifth inning saw a flare up from Halladay as he argued with the home plate umpire, Ben Levin, over a play at the plate. He got through the fifth inning throwing 42 strikes and 32 balls. The sixth was relatively smooth as he finished the sixth with 90 pitches, 52 strikes.
The final line on Halladay was seven hits, two runs (one earned), three walks, and four strikeouts over six innings of work with 90 pitches (52 strikes, 38 balls).
Halladay underwent shoulder surgery on May 15th and began throwing from a mound after the All-Star break. Before his surgery, Halladay was 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP in seven starts this season with the Phillies.
A lot of eyes were on Lakewood Tuesday night for Halladay's start and he pitched okay. He hovered around 87 mph for much of his start and struggled with command early on but seemed to settle down a bit as the start went on. It does not appear that Halladay will be ready to face Major League batters this weekend.
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