Roy Halladay starts off with five hitless innings


After 5 1/2 innings, the Phillies remain ahead of the Reds 4-0, with Roy Halladay having thrown five hitless innings.
Positively cruising, Halladay threw just 10 balls to 14 hitters before walking Jay Bruce with two outs in the fifth and giving the Reds their first baserunner. Here’s the inning-by-inning breakdown:
1st – 10 pitches, 7 strikes, 3 balls
2nd – 12 pitches, 10 strikes, 2 balls
3rd – 9 pitches, 8 strikes, 1 ball
4th – 12 pitches, 10 strikes, 2 balls
5th – 18 pitches, 11 strikes, 7 balls
At 61 pitches through five innings, Halladay is definitely in position to go the distance. The Reds probably won’t let him face another pitcher tonight, but with Jim Edmonds out of the mix, their bench is far from scary.