- Sports & Recreation
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Miami Marlins
- Roy Halladay
By Walter Villa, The Sports Xchange September 23, 2013 10:24 PM
MIAMI -- In a game that featured the shortest start of eight-time All-Star Roy Halladay's career, Nate Eovaldi went a long way toward giving the Miami Marlins a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night at Marlins Park. Eovaldi (4-6) allowed three hits and two walks in 7 2/3 scoreless innings. Only one of the hits he allowed was for extra bases -- a sixth-inning double to right by Jimmy Rollins. The Phillies failed to get a runner past first base in any other inning. The Marlins right-hander struck out five and lowered his ERA from 3.79 to 3.50. He threw 109 pitches, including 64 strikes. Reliever Mike Dunn came in for Eovaldi and retired Rollins on a fly ball to center. Closer Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation. The Phillies fell to 28-47 on the road, including 5-20 in their past 25 road games. It was also the 14th time this season that Philadelphia was shut out. Halladay (4-5) left after one-third of an inning due to right arm fatigue. He faced just three batters, two of whom drew walks. Halladay threw 16 pitches, only five strikes, and never topped 83 mph. Because of Halladay's early departure, the Phillies had to use six relievers -- Luis Garcia, Joe Savery, Justin De Fratus, Ethan Martin, B.J. Rosenberg and Cesar Jimenez. They combined to throw 8 2/3 innings and were charged with three runs, all of them in the eighth. The relievers combined to strike out eight. After Halladay left, Garcia walked Giancarlo Stanton to load the bases, then walked Justin Ruggiano to force in a run. Garcia escaped the jam by getting Placido Polanco to ground into a double play. Miami added to its lead with a three-run eighth, highlighted by run-scoring singles by Donovan Solano and Ed Lucas and a sacrifice fly by Christian Yelich. NOTES: Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Marlins on May 29, 2010. ... The Phillies placed RHP Kyle Kendrick on the disabled list due to right shoulder tendinitis. ... Halladay, 36, has a 6.82 ERA. It is by far Halladay's worse season since 2000, which is before he established himself and went on to win two Cy Young Awards. ... Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez, who is tied for first in the majors in fewest homers allowed (two) among pitchers with at least 15 starts, will pitch Tuesday. The Phillies will counter with RHP Zach Miner. ... The Miami rotation for the rest of the season will be LHP Brad Hand, RHP Tom Koehler, Eovaldi and Alvarez in the finale. ... The Phillies' rotation is not settled due to Halladay's uncertain status.