Jay Bruce's two-run homer in the eighth sent Roy Halladay and the Phillies away unhappy in a flat 4-3 loss to the Reds. Halladay set a career high with 13 hits allowed, while the Phillies' only runs came on a Dane Sardinha three-run homer in the fourth. (AP)
Beerleaguer: I don't buy this idea that Roy Halladay is immune to criticism because he's Roy Halladay. There's no question he hasn't been as sharp as we've seen him in other parts of the season. Anyone can see that. His ball isn't darting in and out of the zone like we've seen. His pitch to Jay Bruce was right in the happy zone. But all this past month has proven is that he isn't a superhero capable of a complete game every fifth day. When he's off, he's merely a man who can devour eight innings and give his team a good chance to win. Yes, 13 hits is too many, but in his defense, he pitches to contact, and furthermore, on a team of 25, he's last on the list of issues. His 9-7 record speaks more to an inconsistent offense, which is what the Phils will have until Chase Utley and Placido Polanco return. The Phillies fell asleep on the wrong team. The Reds lead the league with 25 comeback wins. A three-spot wasn't cutting it.