Roy Halladay says he is throwing his curveball, which is a very goos sign. Typically, the Phils' ace said, he doesn't throw his breaking pitches this early in the spring. But there he was at George M. Steinbrenner Field during the 10-5 victory firing that curve at the Yankees' hitters.
“I never really threw
curveballs and cutters in spring training, so it was kind of new for me to be
mixing them in right now,” Halladay said.
In all, Halladay threw 44 pitches (26 strikes). But the fact that he was throwing his curveball at all this early in the spring was important. If he’s throwing his breaking pitches, it means he feels pretty good about his fastball.
And everything else, too.
“I feel good physically and conditioning-wise,” Halladay said. “Really, I think that is ahead of everything else and it’s just a matter of fine tuning pitches.”
The Phillies' hitters pounded out nine singles and a double and drew seven walks in improving to 3-3 this spring. Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 2 with a two-run double and a pair of walks, while hot-hitting Dom Brown drew three walks. John Mayberry Jr. also contributed with three RBIs.
But more impressively, righthanded reliever Phillippe Aumont pitched his second straight scoreless inning of the spring. The big righty routinely touched 95-mph on the radar gun and threw 11 of his 12 pitches for strikes.
Though it's still just the early spring, manager Charlie Manuel thinks Aumont was holding out a little bit.
“He has more there," Manuel quipped. "Every once in a while I want to see him get mad and show how much he’s got. Seriously, there’s more in there."
We'll see more from Aumont in the World Baseball Classic where he will pitch for Team Canada. Meanwhile, the Phillies return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take a short bus ride to Dunedin to take on the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m.