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It’s rare enough to see a guy hit a foul ball with home run distance and then later in the same at-bat fix that and hit a home run, but it’s even more rare to see that happen when Roy Halladay is on the mound. That’s what Carl Crawford did last night, though, getting it right with a mammoth blast to the back of the 200-level in right.
The homer scored a walk ahead of it, and that was all the damage the Rays did to the good doctor, but it was enough, because there was no support to be had from the offensive side.
Not counting the game he had to leave in the 4th inning with the groin strain against Florida, Halladay has no-decisions in three of his last five starts, and he pitched well enough to win them all. He’s 10-2 now, but he really should be 13-1 with two starts left before the all-star break.
Here’s last night’s edition of The JaysTalk, with Zack Cooper and Jerry Howarth, for your listening pleasure:
Tonight, the series with the Rays continues with Scott Richmond (on Canada Day Eve) taking on noted Blue Jay killer Matt Garza, who posted a 0.47 ERA in five starts against the Jays last season (though he only went 3-2). I’ll be back in harness tonight after a long 5-day stint on the disabled list. The Jays went 1-4 without me, as opposed to the 7-7 they went while Halladay was on the shelf.
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