With his team needing a strong performance, Padilla provided just that, holding the Jays to one run
over seven innings as Texas defeated Toronto, 4-1. The Rangers won both games of the two-game
series and head to Boston on a high note.
"He was awesome," said Frank Catalanotto of Padilla.
"He went right after the hitters. That's what I like about him -- he
challenges hitters right out of the gate. We really needed that from
him tonight, especially going against [Halladay].
"Those guys [in the bullpen] needed some rest, and Padilla got them that."
In his seven innings, Padilla allowed seven hits while striking out
two and walking three. Even more telling of his performance,
however, was that he did not allow a Toronto player to get past
second base until the seventh inning, when Gregg Zaun doubled
and then advanced to third on a fielder's choice. Zaun would later
score on an infield single by David Eckstein, but Toronto would score no more.
"[Padilla] was just mixing it up," said Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay. "He started throwing a lot of curveballs. He's a
ground-ball pitcher, and he got the ground balls when he needed
them to keep him out of trouble."
Missing two of its best hitters, Young and Blalock, the
Rangers offense fared well against Halladay, collecting 11 hits over
nine innings. They opened the scoring in the second inning when
outfielder David Murphy smacked a line drive to left field that plated
Milton Bradley. It was the first of three doubles in the game for
Murphy, who now leads all American League rookies with six this
"Murphy's a gamer," manager Ron Washington said.
"[If] you throw the ball over the plate, he's going to get a hack at it, and
he usually centers it. You can't say enough about what Murphy's
Murphy believed that the team benefited from seeing Halladay
twice in the same week.
"I think it helps when you've seen a guy recently," said Murphy.
"You can make adjustments. I think guys were just able to make
adjustments and knew how [Halladay] was going to come after
In the third inning, the Rangers continued to put pressure on
Halladay when Ian Kinsler singled and stole second base.
Catalanotto followed with a single to center field that cashed in
Kinsler. The Rangers added a third run in the seventh inning when
catcher Gerald Laird lined a broken-bat single to left field that
scored Murphy to give Texas a three-run lead.
Despite the timely hitting, for Washington the
only difference between last Saturday's game and Thursday's was
"What changed was every time Halladay put up a zero, we put up a
zero," he said. "We just matched his zeros."