The series was moved from Toronto to Philadelphia because of the G20 Summit. But the Blue Jays wore white and batted second.
“I did the best I could to take emotions out of it and go out and pitch,” Halladay said. “It’s something you look back on down the road.”
The designated hitter was used just as it would’ve been at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, and Blue Jays batters even had their “walk-up” music played when they came to the plate. But they still used the visitors’ clubhouse and were booed by the sellout crowd.
Commissioner Bud Selig shifted the series last month because of security issues for the G20 Summit. World leaders are gathering this weekend at a convention center near the Toronto ballpark.
“We don’t sleep in our own beds, but we’ll deal with it,” Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. “Besides, we like this ballpark.”
Halladay is glad he got this start out of the way and can spend the next two days catching up with his old teammates.
“I have a couple days to see some of the guys and say hi to them,” he said.
The two-time NL champion Phillies are 8-3 since a 5-14 skid dropped them into third place in the East.
Toronto has lost four of five.
Halladay downplayed the significance of facing the Blue Jays, but it was clear this wasn’t just any game for the six-time All-Star.
Halladay won the 2003 AL Cy Young Award and went 148-76 with a 3.43 ERA in 12 seasons with the Blue Jays. The Phillies pursued him aggressively last July, but ended up getting Cliff Lee(notes). They finally acquired Halladay last December in a blockbuster trade hours before sending Lee to Seattle.
Halladay hadn’t received much run support recently. The Phillies have scored nine runs in his six losses.
They gave him plenty in this one.
“When you get a decent lead, you can pitch to contact, be aggressive and not be so cautious,” Halladay said. “It definitely helps.”
Chase Utley(notes) lined a two-run single with the bases loaded to chase Litsch in the fifth. David Purcey(notes) came in and allowed an RBI single to Ryan Howard(notes). Gload then cleared the bases with a two-out double off center fielder Vernon Wells’(notes) glove that put the Phillies ahead 8-0.
Notes: Jimmy Rollins(notes) walked four times, tying a career-high. … The Phillies promoted top prospect Domonic Brown(notes) to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Brown, a 22-year-old outfielder, hit .318 with 15 homers and 47 RBIs in 65 games in Double-A. … Evan Turner, selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, threw out the first pitch to the Phillie Phanatic. … Halladay had never lost four straight starts. He’s lost three in a row four times. … Gload last had four RBIs against Baltimore on July 28, 2006 while a member of the Chicago White Sox.