Bullpen preserves Halladay shutout by staying in bullpen
Updated: April 22, 2010

By , PhillyGameday.com

A night after blowing a three-run lead with two outs in the ninth inning against the Braves, the Phillies bullpen atoned for their mistake by keeping their ass in the bullpen as Roy Halladay went the distance for his first NL shutout.

Halladay, aided by several spectacular defensive plays behind him, scattered five hits and struck out seven in his second complete game of the season, but the main story was the hand he received from his bullpen.

With one out in the 8th inning, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel made the call to his bullpen to just sit there and don’t touch anything while Roy Halladay handles his business.

“I made the call to the bullpen in the 8th inning and told them to just sit there and don’t touch nothin’,” said Phils manager Charlie Manuel. “They were outstanding. They sat there and didn’t touch nothin’.”

Halladay is now 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA in 33 innings and two complete games with the Phillies, which is the identical line Cliff Lee had after his first four starts last season with the team. However, the redder Ferrari has only surrendered three walks this season, which is pretty ridiculous when you realize he has more wins (4) than walks.

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