Halladay gets last laugh in romp over Jays

Philadelphia Phillies' Ross Gload hits the game-winning RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays....

Philadelphia Phillies' Ross Gload hits the game-winning RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:04 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- Isn't it nicer, now that the Blue Jays clubhouse is so loose?

That real serious guy, who never smiled or laughed, has left.

In the spring, Shaun Marcum said with Roy Halladay gone the Jays clubhouse would be looser, the Jays would "have fun," and Marcum would "talk to young guys."

It was a shot at the departed Halladay's intensity. People within the Jays organization have said the clubhouse was more relaxed once Halladay left with his all-too-serious attitude.

Ol' stone-faced Halladay had the fun, without smiling. He dominated the Jays with seven runless innings in a 9-0 win over the Jays at a sold-out Citizens Bank Park before 43,076 fans -- the Jays' first sellout of the season.

The G-20 Summit moved the Jays home dates to Pennsylvania, resulting in the first American League game to be played in Philadelphia since Sept. 19, 1954. That day, Casey Stengel's New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Athletics 4-2 (WP-Johnny Sain, LP-Moe Burtschy) before 1,751 fans.

"You have an idea (of how to pitch Jays hitters) from sitting in the dugout watching, but it's different when you get out there," Halladay said. "You have to watch video and go with our game plan."

With the Phillies leading 2-0 in the fifth and Aaron Hill on second, Halladay threw a high fastball which Vernon Wells popped up to right.

Did he need to watch films to be know that Wells was a notorious first-pitch hitter?

"Not really," Halladay said with a laugh, "but I thought he'd swing at the 3-2 pitch in the sixth. It was off the plate but not that much."

Wells fell behind 0-2 and worked a walk, putting two runners aboard, but Adam Lind hit a comebacker to Halladay ending the ending.

The game was a laugher, but only one dugout was loose ... the one with the silly dancing Mounties on top of it during the seventh-inning stretch.

"That was weak," one Blue Jay said.

The Jays managed six hits -- four singles -- against Halladay but they were scattered ... scattered like the contents of a bag of M&M's after a four-year-old ripped open the bag.

"He's a horse, he always throws strikes and he never panics," said Carlos Ruiz, who caught Halladay's perfect game, but is on the disabled list. "Those guys lead the league in homers and he kept them scoreless."

Halladay allowed two hits in the same inning once, the fifth: A one-out double to Hill and a single to Lyle Overbay. He struck out John Buck and retired Jarrett Hoffpauir on a harmless roller.

"I tried to avoid eye contact for most of the night, I didn't say anything to anyone," Halladay said. During spring training, he said hello to Wells after a fly ball out in Clearwater when he headed to the dugout.

"I don't want to say it's nice to say to get the first start out of the way, but now I have two days to see those guys, I have a lot of friends over there," Halladay said.

Jose Bautista bounced a double over the centre-field fence with two out in the fourth. Overbay's third-inning single to right was erased on a Buck double play as Chase Utley made like former Eagles quarterback Sonny Jurgensen and made an awkward but effective throw on a double play. Alex Gonzalez and Buck also singled.

"I don't know if playing in Toronto would have taken emotion out of it, that's the wrong word, it would have brought back more memories," Halladay said.

The Phillies put the game away with a six-run fifth against starter Jesse Litsch and reliever David Purcey. Brian Schneider singled, Litsch walked Jimmy Rollins for the third time and Placido Polanco singled to load the bases.

Utley followed with a two-run single and Litsch was gone. Ryan Howard dumped a single into left against Purcey and Ross Gload hit a three-run double off the glove of Wells on the edge of the track.

Marcum takes the mound Saturday to provide fun.


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