Roy Halladay spoke softly and his voice was tinged with sadness as he talked about the low point of his season early Saturday night.

A few hours earlier, he had walked off the mound – the same mound on which he'd once pitched a no-hitter – looking like an aging soldier too wounded to fight.

"I thought I'd be able to compete better than that," he said. "Honestly, I just didn't do my job as a pitcher. You have to find ways to overcome things and I didn't do that.