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Pitching let the offense down, as the Phils start the 2013 season off with a lost as they lose to the Braves, 7-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense is let down by the pitching as they lose their opening day game with their NL East rival, the Braves, 7-5.

The Braves took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Freddie Freeman hits a two-run bomb to right field, his first home run of the season, knocking in Jason Heyward, who had earlier walked, giving the Braves a 2-0 lead. The Braves added to their lead in the second as Dan Uggla started off the bottom of the second with a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead. The Braves then made it a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Freeman hits an RBI single, scoring Andrleton Simmons, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Justin Upton’s fly out to right. The Phils then got on the board in the top of the fourth as Chase Utley started the inning off with a solo shot to straight center field, his first home run of the season, and the 200th home run of his career, cutting the Braves’ lead to 4-1. The Phils would make it a 4-3 Braves’ lead in the top of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Cole Hamels, a walk by Ben Revere, moving Hamels up to second base, and a single by Jimmy Rollins, sending Hamels on to third base and Revere up to second base, and with one man out, Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in Hamels and Revere, while sending Rollins on to third base, beating the throw, before moving up to second base on the throw. After Braves’ manager Freddie Gonzalez replaces starter Tim Hudson with Luis Avilan, Avilan stops the damage by first striking out Ryan Howard for the inning’s second out, and after intentionally walking Michael Young to reload the bases, gets Dom Brown to ground out softly, 4-3, for the inning’s final out. The Braves would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Upton hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Braves a 5-3 lead. The Braves increased their lead in bottom of the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Gerald Laird hits an RBI single, knocking in Uggla, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Chris Johnson’s double, giving the Braves a 6-3 lead, while sending Johnson, who had just singled, on to third base. The Braves then took a 7-3 lead as pinch-hitter Reed Johnson hits into a 1-6-3 double play, wiping out Laird at second base for the inning’s first out, scoring C. Johnson, who beat Howard’s wide and late throw to the plate. The Phils got one run back in the top of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, knocking in Utley, who had just tripled, making it a 7-4 Braves’ lead. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead down to 7-5 in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Jordan Walden’s wild pitch. That would be the final score as Craig Kimbrel would come in and collect his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Howard to fly out for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (0-1, 9.00) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Chad Durbin pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on two hits and a walk. Jeremy Horst pitched two innings, as he gave up a hit, while striking out two. Philippe Aumont pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Tim Hudson received a no-decision as he went four and a third-innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Luis Avilan (0-1, 0.00) picked up the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an intentional walk, while striking out a batter. Eric O’Flaherty pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Jordan Walden recorded his first hold of the year as he threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Craig Kimbrel recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, Triple, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, being a double short of hitting the cycle. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Dom Brown (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Erik Kratz (Single, RBI) and Cole Hamels (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the final Phil’s run with a ground out. The Phils also had a four walks (Revere, Young (2), Brown) and a stolen base (Revere (1)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (0-1, T-4th) will continue their three games series with the Braves (1-0, T-1st) with a night game tomorrow night at Turner Field. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (0-0, -.–) who is coming off a bad 2012, and a so-so spring. Halladay and the Phils both hope that he’ll rebound from last season. The Braves will counter with Paul Malholm (0-0, -.–) who is coming off a so-so 2012 season between the Cubs and the Braves. He hopes to pitch better this season. The Phils will be trying to even up the series, while hoping that the old Doc will return.

The 2011 Phillies…

The Phils have finally announced their opening day roster…

The starting eight:

Ryan Howard – 1B

Wilson Valdez – 2B

Jimmy Rollins – SS

Placido Polanco – 3B

Raul Ibanez – LF

Shane Victorino – CF

Ben Francisco – RF

Carlos Ruiz – C

Bench:

Brian Schneider – C

Michael Martinez – INF

Pete Orr – INF

Ross Gload – OF

John Mayberry, Jr. – OF

Starting Rotation:

Roy Halladay (Ace)

Cliff Lee

Roy Oswalt

Cole Hamels

Joe Blanton

Bullpen:

Kyle Kendrick (Longman)

David Herndon

Danys Baez

Antonio Bastardo

J.C. Romero (Left-handed specialist)

Ryan Madson (8th Inning)

Jose Contreras (Closer)

Disabled List:

Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, Domonic Brown

The roster is, of course, subject to change during the season, especially with Lidge and Brown expected to be back, although Brown will more then likely be spending time at Lehigh Valley to get back his stroke and Lidge might also spend some time there to work on his arm before returning to the main team. As for Utley, no real idea when he’ll be back this year, if at all, because of his bum right knee, so I would not be surprised if the Phils make a trade for a second baseman by the trade deadline in August. The Phils should, hopefully, be able to manage without both Lidge and Utley, thanks to their starting rotation, and some comeback seasons from Howard, Rollins and Ibanez, especially Rollins, as he is in a contract year.

Go Phils!!!

A Brief History of Phils’ Opening Day/Night via Phillies.com

A brief history of the Phillies on Opening Day

Philadelphia Phillies 

Hmm, time for a short history lesson, folks.

The 129th season opener in Phillies franchise history is set for Friday afternoon against the Astros at Citizens Bank Park.

Back on May 1, 1883, the Phillies lost their initial opener, 4-3, to Providence at Recreation Park, 24th and Columbia Avenues, when the Grays scored four runs in the eighth to overcome a 3-0 deficit. Attendance was an estimated 1,200. Future Hall of Famer Charles (Old Hoss) Radbourn was the winner, the first of 48 victories for him that season. John Coleman was the loser, the first of his 48 defeats (13 wins).

Since then, 1,880 players have worn the Phillies uniform, and 128 million fans have attended games in Philadelphia.

The initial loss seemed to set the tone, as the Phillies have won 57 openers and lost 69, with a pair of ties (1923 at Brooklyn, 5-5, in 14 innings, and 1924 vs. Boston, 6-6, in 11 innings.).

Friday’s opener marks only the third time in Astros history that they have started a season against the Phillies. The most logical reasoning is that they are in the NL Central. So, the Phillies will see Houston at home in the first three games and not the rest of the season.

The Phillies are 2-0 all time in openers vs. Houston, winning 2-0 behind Chris Short on April 12, 1965, the very first regular season game in the Astrodome. Dick Allen hit the Dome’s first home run during the season. The other Phillies win came on April 5, 1993, also in the Astrodome. Terry Mulholland was the winner in a 3-1 final.

Of the previous 128 openers, 12 have gone extra innings, with the most recent being a 5-3 loss to the Braves at Citizens Bank Park in 2007.

Other Opening Day notes:

• The Phillies are 1-1 in openers played on April 1 (no foolin’), a 3-0 Curt Schilling win in Los Angeles in 1997 and a 7-2 setback at the hands of the Braves in 2002.

• The latest season opener for the Phillies was May 2, an 8-2 defeat against Providence in 1885.

• Roy Halladay is bidding to win back-to-back season openers for the Phillies. The last pitcher to do that was Art Mahaffey, 1962-63. Halladay was the winner in an 11-1 romp at Washington a year ago, which started a new decade.

• Last decade, the Phillies were 3-7, losing the last four.

• As far as Citizens Bank Park season openers, the Phillies are 1-4.

• Hall of Famer Robin Roberts has the most Opening Day wins for the Phillies, five, and most losses, six.

• The Phillies have had a winning pitcher named Blanton, only it was Cy and not Joe, the current starter. Cy Blanton was the 1941 winner against the Braves on April 15. Wonder if he had to file his income tax forms that same day? (H/T Phillies.com)

All I can say is, I hope Halladay will be able to make the Phils 3-0 against the Astros in opening day games between the two clubs.

The Phils starts off the 2010 regular season with an 11-1 laughter against the Nats in D.C.

The Phils start off the 2010 season in spectacular fashion, as they do something they have not done for some time, win on opening day. Behind the one run, six hits, nine strikeouts pitching performance of their new ace Roy Halladay and powered by an offense that scored eleven runs on thirteen hits, including two home runs, with one of them being a grand-slam home run by a returning Placido Polanco, the 2009 National League Champions crushed the Nationals 11-1.

The Nationals would start the scoring off in the bottom of the first, as, with a man on second, via a lead-off single to Nyjer Morgan, who later stole second, Ryan Zimmerman would hit an RBI double to center, scoring Morgan, giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. The Phils would come back in the fourth, as they took a 2-1 lead on a two-run home run by Ryan Howard, his first home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who has gotten on base earlier with a lead-off walk. Three batters later, Shane Victorino would make it a 3-1 Phils’ lead as he hit an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who earlier got on base with a single, and then went to third on Raul Ibanez’s single, putting runners on the corners, while sending Ibanez, who has just singled, to second base. One out later, after a fly out to right field by Carlos Ruiz has moved Ibanez up to third and sent Victorino over to second, Phils’ starter, Halladay, helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single off of Nats’ starter, John Lannan, scoring Ibanez from third, while sending Victorino to third, once again putting runners on the corners, with the score now 4-1 Phils. After a walk to Jimmy Rollins loaded up the bases, sending Halladay up to second base, Polanco made it 5-1 Phils by hitting a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Victorino. The Phils would increase their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on first, and with one out, Rollins would hit an RBI triple, scoring Ruiz from first, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. Polanco would make it a 7-1 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Rollins. One inning later, in the seventh, the Phils would bust the game wide open as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Ibanez, a one-out single to Ruiz, which moved Ibanez up to second base, a ground out, 2-3, by Halladay, which would move Ibanez up to third and send Ruiz over to second base, and an intentional walk to Rollins, Polanco would empty the bases with a grand-slam home run, his first home run of the year, making it an 11-1 Phillies’ lead. That would be the final score as Hallady, after keeping the Nationals off of the scoreboard from innings 2-7, hands the ball over to the bullpen, who handled the Nats easily for the final two innings, preserving the win.

Roy Halladay gets the win, as he pitches seven very strong innings, giving up only one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out nine. His record is now 1-0 with an ERA of 1.29. Antonio Bastardo, Danys Baez and David Herndon combined for two shutout innings, giving up three hits (Bastardo (1), Herndon (2)) and one walk (Bastardo), while striking out two (Bastardo (1), Herndon (1)). John Lannan got the lost for the Nationals, as he went only three and two-third innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks. His record is now 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA. Jesse English pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up no hits. Miguel Batista followed, pitching an inning and two-thirds, getting smoked for five runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out one. Jason Bergmann pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, the Polanco’s grand-slam. Sean Burnett and Brian Bruney followed with two scorless innings, giving up two hits (one hit apiece) and two walks (both Bruney), while striking out three Phils (Burnett (1), Bruney (2)).

The Phils’ bats went a combine thirteen for thirty-nine today, scoring eleven runs, as well as taking nine bases on balls, with one of them being intentional, and only striking out four times. Placido Planco led the team with three hits, as he knocked in six runs, via a sacrifice fly, a single and a grand-slam home run, starting the season with a .600 batting average. Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard followed with two hits each, with Rollins hits being a lead-off single in the first, and a RBI triple, while scoring two of the Phils’ runs. He also received two walks, while stealing a base in the first inning. Howard, meanwhile, had a single and a two-run home run, knocking in two runs, while scoring one. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz and starter Roy Halladay had the other six Phils’ hits, all singles. Victorino and Halladay would knock in the other two Phils’ RBI. The Phils had a total of twenty-one total bases and three extra-base hits, a triple and two home runs, including a grand-slam. Not bad for a first game. I just hope there’s some left in the tank for Wednesday.

The Phils (1-0) have the day off tomorrow. Their next game will be Wednesday night against the Nationals (0-1) at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. for a 7:05 pm start. The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (0-0, -.–). He will be trying to show that what happened to him in ’09 is now in the past. He will be opposed by Jason Marquis (0-0, -.–), who the Nationals have picked up from the Rockies, who plans on trying to keep the Nats from being an early tennant of the National League Eastern Division cellar. The Phils are off to a good start. The question now is, can they build on it.

Spring Training: Kyle Kendrick finally has a good start as the Phils lose a close game, 2-1.

With Opening Day/Night now just two weeks away, Kyle Kendrick finally pitched a good game yesterday afternoon, as the Phillies lose a close one to the Minnesota Twins, 2-1.

Kyle Kendrick started the game for the Phils. In the first inning, he gave up two runs on ground ball hits that his infielders were unable to field, giving the Twins an early 2-0 lead. He would then settle down and pitch four shut out innings. Total, he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four. Clay Condrey followed him, pitching two scoreless innings, giving up three hits. Brad Lidge and Scott Eyre then took the mound, with both men pitching a shut out inning as they gave up a hit (Lidge) and a walk (Lidge) while striking out three Twins (Lidge (2), Eyre (1)). Kendrick took the lost, his grapefruit league record now at 1-3 with a 9.20 ERA.  

The Phillies got only five hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr., leading the way with two hits. Eric Bruntlett, Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz got the other three hits, with Bruntlett’s hit being a solo home run, knocking in the only Phils’ run, as Twins’ pitching keeps the bats silent.

Meantime, Cole Hamels pitched a bullpen session yesterday, saying that his elbow felt fine. He should be pitching in a minor league game this upcoming week. Hopefully, this means that he will be ready for Opening Night, if not actually be the Opening Night pitcher.

The Phillies next game will be played this afternoon against the Boston Red Sox. The game starts at 1:05 pm.

Spring Training: The Phillies’ first Spring Training game is in less than two days.

As the Phillies continue to get ready for their first game of the regular season on Sunday, April 5 against the Atlanta Braves, their first game of Spring Training will take place in less than two days. On Wednesday, February 25, they will play a 1:05 pm Eastern Grapefruit League game with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Pirates’ Spring Training home of Bradenton, Florida, at McKechnie Field. The Phillies will open their Spring Training schedule with Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton on the mound.

Meanwhile, Chase Utley has been participating in fielding his position and in batting practice, but not taking any swings while in the cage, although he has taken swings elsewhere, and not on the batting tee, as he tries to get himself ready for opening day, although the Phils will be keeping an eye on him to prevent the possibility of a set-back through Utley’s eagerness to start. At the same time, Pedro Feliz is also taking grounders, but he has not been taking any swings in the batting cage, as the Phils worry about his back. But, with such options as Eric Bruntlett, prospect Jason Donald, Marcus Giles and Miguel Cairo in camp, the Phillies should be able to start the season okay in the infield for a few days if either player isn’t ready for opening day.

Phils’ opening day starter, Cole Hamels, will not pitch in a Grapefruit League game until March 4, as the Phils plan to go slowly with their ace, so that he will be ready to pitch by opening day, as well as to prevent him getting injured during spring training, as last year was his first year in the major leagues that he did not get injured.

Ah, opening day can’t come soon enough for me. GO PHILS!!! REPEAT!!!

Spring Training: Phillies announce their opening day pitcher.

Yesterday, the World Series Champs have announced who will be their opening day pitcher. Their opening day pitcher was a real no-brainer as they announce that their ace, 2008 NL Championship MVP and 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels. This will be the first time in his young career that he will be the first Phillie pitcher to be faced by an opposing team batters during the season.

Congratulations on getting the ball first, Cole. Now go out there and start mowing down Braves on Sunday night, April 5. Go Phils!!!!

Spring is almost here. Spring Training, that is….

The Phillies will officially begin their defense of their World Series title tomorrow, as pitchers and catchers will officially report at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. Although the team is, for the most part, already set, there will still be some battles for spots on the team. Among them will be, who will be the fifth starter and who will be taking up residence in the bullpen between J.A. Happ, Kyle Kendrick, Chan Ho Park, and prospect Carlos Carrasco; who will be playing back-up to Carlos Ruiz behind the plate, Chris Coste or Ronny Paulino; and lastly, who will be playing second base, if Chase Utley is not ready by opening day, April 5, Eric Bruntlett or prospect/rookie Jason Donald, or someone else. Other questions to be answered will include: will Raul Ibanez be the improvement to the departed fan favorite Pat Burrell that everyone keep saying that he is; will the Phillies be able to get lefty Will Ohman to replace J.C. Romero during his 50 games suspension, or will they be able to find someone in-house; will they be able to get Nomar Garciaparra to sign on the dotted line to become their right-handed bat off the bench to compliment left-hander Greg Dobbs, or will they be able to do it with left-handers Matt Stairs and Geoff Jenkins; will the afformentioned Utley actually be ready to start at second base on opening day, or will the Phils tell him to give his right hip the rest that they think it will need for him to be fully ready; will Pedro Feliz’s back be ready to let him play during the spring; will the Phils be able to get somebody to take Adam Eaton off their hands, or will they just let him go; and lastly, will anyone among the invitees be able to get a job with the main team, or will they be spending the season in the minors or with another MLB team.

Those are the questions. They should all be answered by the time the Phillies will start their title defense at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night, April 5, against the Atlanta Braves.

Me, I can’t wait to find out the answers. :)

Live Journal: How Opening Day use to start…

Originally posted March 31, 2007:

Well, the Major League Baseball 2007 season will start tomorrow night, April 1, with a night game between the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals and the National League Eastern Division Champion New York Mets. But I won’t be talking about that. What I will be talking about is a tradition that appears to have all but disappeared within the last decade or so, that baseball no longer starts its season in Cincinnati. Before any of you say what do you mean, since Cincinnati plays a home game Monday afternoon, what I mean is that when I was growing up, back in the 1970s and 1980s, I and I’m sure of lot of other baseball fans did as well, knew that the season had started once we’d heard that the first pitch had been thrown by the Cincinnati Reds’ opening day starter against the first batter of his team’s opponent for that day.

Now, if you’re wondering about the tradition behind it, it goes like this: In 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the possible ancestors of the present-day Cincinnati Reds or Redlegs, which had been formed earlier in 1866 as an amateur team, became the first team in the country to pay all of their players. Before then, all teams, the majority of which came from the East Coast and were mostly formed from members of gentlemen clubs, were made up of amateur players, which meant that they only played the game part-time. With that year’s Cincinnati club, people were now being paid to play baseball full time. This is important as these full timers went across the country, or rather across the Eastern half of the country, to play against the more traditional amateur teams, as well as some college clubs, and for the that year the team went 57 and 0. The following year, in 1870, the team won 24 more games in a row before it finally was defeated, 8-7, by the Brooklyn Athletics in Brooklyn on June 14. So, for over a year, the team won 71 games in a row before finally losing a game. The team was disbanded in 1871, as the club that own the team couldn’t afford putting together another team of professionals for that year.

Meanwhile, after seeing what a team made up of paid professionals could do, several other organizations started to create teams that were made up of paid players. This in turn led to the first organized league of professional teams, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players in 1871. This would in turn lead to the creation of the present-day National League in 1876, which replaced the NA because that league had been dominated by one club, was inflicted by franchise instability, lacked a central authority and had been corrupted by gambling.

Anyway, as far as I know, the long standing tradition, or at least the tradition was during the years that I was growing up and until lately, had opening day beginning with a home game being played first in Cincinnati in honored of that particular team. But now, it appears that that tradition is now a thing of the past. I don’t know why it happened, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be because the guys who are presently running major league baseball no longer honor certain traditions.

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