by Rich Baxter - FightinPhillies.com Philadelphia- It seemed like this day would never come from the time that the Phillies announced that they have signed Roy Halladay and traded Cliff Lee away to the time when Roy Halladay would get his first chance to pitch in front of the home town fans.
Fast forward through several snowstorms, months of waiting and just like that, tonight was that night that we all got to see Roy pitch at home in Philly. The weather didn’t want to cooperate, it’s been rainy and windy in the late afternoon, but just in time for game time, at 7:05 PM it had become clear enough to start up the game.
The Phillies offense showed it usual power last night, with Utley and Polonco going deep for the Phillies. By the end of the game, the Phillies were cruising to a comfortable victory for Doc Halladay when Charlie Manuel made the change to bring in the bullpen to finish the job. David Herndon was brought in and gave up 4 runs to the heart of the Marlins lineup in the top of the 9th inning, putting a little scare into the crowd that the Phils would end up like last night courtesy of the bullpen. Ryan Madson then came into the game to get the last two outs and the save in this game that looked out of reach only the inning before for the Marlins. The Phils win 8-6 and Halladay goes to 3-0 on the season.