Above, just a couple of screenshots of the pitch Roy Halladay threw behind Tyler Moore on Wednesday afternoon, an inning after Stephen Strasburg plunked Chase Utley with a pitch."It slipped." Halladay told reporters (with a smile) after the game.
Here's Roy, via Philly.com:
"Really, I think, we do need to protect our guys to an extent. I'm not saying that's what happened. It slipped. But that's important. We've had a lot of guys hit over the years. As a staff, we need to do a good job of protecting those guys. Spring training you're not necessarily trying to do it. But it wouldn't have been the worst thing had it got him after hitting one of our good guys."
(Roy Halladay, via Philly.com, 3/6/2013)
And here's Strasburg on his pitch that hit Utley, and the aftermath, also via Philly.com:
"I don't have any reason to throw at him, do I? I mean, I don't understand why they'd think I was throwing at them. Obviously you can tell the conditions weren't great and I yanked it in there. It's spring training. If you're going to throw at somebody or give a message in spring training, go ahead."
(Stephen Strasburg, via Philly.com, 3/6/2013)
And here's Davey, via a Tweet by Washington Post's James Wagner:
"Maybe Hamels is coaching him."
Unfortunately, the Nats and Phillies don't face each other for real until May 24. (May 24!?) Can't get here soon enough...
(Screencaps via MLB.TV)