Roy Halladay was simply not himself in 2012. He addressed it immediately at the start of spring training in 2013.
Today, then, was about making a statement. In two innings, Halladay did just that.
The Phillies still didn’t grab their first win of Grapefruit League play, playing to a 5-5 tie against the Detroit Tigers, but once again there were plenty of positives.
Halladay opened his spring with two solid innings on the mound. He allowed a solo home run to Victor Martinez in the second, the only hit and run allowed on the day, but struck out two, didn’t walk a batter and threw 16 of his 22 pitches for strikes.
The Phillies’ starters had also built up a lead. Freddy Galvis doubled home John Mayberry Jr. in the second for the game’s first run off Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander.
After Martinez tied the game with the homer off Halladay, also in the second, the Phillies regained the lead in the third. Carlos Ruiz hit an RBI single to score Jimmy Rollins and scored from first on an RBI double by Ryan Howard. Howard, who went 2-for-3 on the day, had both hits go for doubles.
Kevin Frandsen homered in the fourth to extend the lead to 4-1. But J.C. Ramirez struggled in the bottom of the fourth, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk in an inning of work.
Jake Diekman surrendered the go-ahead run in the fifth as Prince Fielder managed a two-out RBI single. Joe Savery worked around trouble in the sixth for a scoreless inning and Rodrigo Lopez was solid in relief, striking out three and allowing just one hit in three scoreless frames.
Domonic Brown tied the game up in the eighth by blasting a solo shot off Tigers’ reliever Al Albuquerque.
The Phillies were held off the board the rest of the way and Justin Friend pitched a scoreless 10th inning to finish off the tie.
The Phillies take on the Tigers again on Monday, this time in Clearwater, at 1:05 p.m.