It was a very windy home opener for the Phillies today at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, lots of hot dog wrappers blowing all over the field most of the game but it sure was wonderful seeing the Phillies playing at Citizens Bank Park again.
Cole Hamels obtained the honors to start the home opener for the Phillies this afternoon. Hamels got into some early trouble in the first inning when he allowed singles to the first two batters of the ball game, Hamels would get out of the jam and inning only allowing one run. Hamels allowed a run in the fourth inning after Hanley Ramirez stretched a single into a double to lead off the inning, the problem with Pierre in left field is he does not have a great arm, a player with a better arm may have been able to throw him out but nonetheless Hanley Ramirez is really fast. In the top of the fifth inning Omar Infante took Cole Hamels deep to left field even with the wind and put the Marlins up 3-0. Marlins would chalk up another run in the sixth inning off of a misplayed bunt when no one was covering first base and the ball scooted down the right field line and allowed the runner to third base and would eventually score later in the inning, that would end the day for Hamels, Hamels would pitch 5.1 innings and allowed four runs off of eight hits and struck out nine in his 2012 season debut.
Hamels is a slow starter apparently: 1-4 with a 5.97 ERA in his last six season-opening starts. Philies are 3-6 in home openers at CB Park. This stat was via Todd Zolecki of Mlb.com
Joe Savery came out of the pen in the sixth inning in relief for Hamels, Omar Infante took Savery deep to left field in the top of the seventh inning for his second home run of the game, this home run was a line drive to left filed that landed in the front row. Savery would pitch 1.2 innings today and would allow one run off of one hit. The Phillies really needed a good outing from Savery because this Phillies bullpen was really heavily used over the past weekend, some relievers the Phillies could not use today. I would have never thought Omar Infante would hit two home runs in a game.
Phillies would also use David Herndon and Jonathan Papelbon in this ball game, Papelbon was used because he has not be given a lot of work thus far this season. Papelbon allowed a home run to the first batter he faced in the top of the ninth inning.
Phillies offense again was pretty lack luster through the first six innings and could not give Cole Hamels any run support, it always seems like when Hamels pitches the Phillies offense ceases up. Phillies produced there first runs of the ball game in the bottom of the seventh inning off of Freddy Galvis’s first Major League hit which was a double that scored two runs, a huge hit to get the Phillies some life and back into the game. That would be all of the runs the Phillies would mustered up today as they lose to the Miami Marlins 6-2
The only real postive affair that happen today was that Freddy Galvis finally got that first hit of his Major League career out of his way after three hitless games, he can now take a deep breath and just relax, Lets hope this sparks some great hitting from Galvis and the rest of the Phillies.
“It was good to see him, but I couldn’t put him in the lineup.” Charlie Manuel on Ryan Howard taking ground balls before todays Phillies game. We really need the big piece back in this lineup, quickly.
Phillies fall to a record of (1-3) on the season and now have lost three straight games, time to raise the red flag? Phillies have not started a season 1-4 since 2007 and lets hope Doc can pitch a shutout on Wednesday.
Phillies have tomorrow off and resume the series on Wednesday against the Marlins, a great pitching matchup for that game as Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson will face each other.