The good news for the Philadelphia Phillies is that they found a way to come back from a one-run deficit against Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants to win Game 5 and send the NLCS back to Philadelphia for a pivotal Game 6 in Philly. The bad news is that their ace Roy Halladay tweaked his groin in the second inning and wasn’t himself the whole night.
“I felt like it was something I could get by with,” Halladay said.
Halladay rode the stationary bike in between innings to try to keep it loose, but he clearly didn’t have his A game all night.
“He wasn’t going to let us take him out,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
It probably means that he’s not available for relief duties should they reach a Game 7. But, the more immediate worry last night was him staying healthy enough to get through the game. After all, the Phils were facing elimination. They ain’t got time for groin injuries.
“I was worried a little bit,” Ruiz said. “But when I saw him come back to the mound [in the third inning], I had a great feeling.”
Probably Doc’s biggest problem was getting ahead in counts all night. He got behind a few times and wasn’t able to throw a lot of pitches that he may have wanted to. Still, Halladay at 85% is still better than most of the league.
Now, the big question is how Roy Oswalt pitches in Game 6 after pitching an inning in Game 4′s loss on Wednesday night.