Phillies Lose Opening Series To Pirates

The Phillies again acquired the early lead at PNC Park in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania today off of a Hunter Pence RBI double down the left field line, Pence batted the only run in for the Phillies yesterday in the first inning also. Hunter Pence also hit the first home run of the year for the Phillies in the top of the fourth inning, it was a hanger and he hit it to the deepest part of the ball park, in left center field, it is a relief to get that out-of-the-way.

Vance Worley took the hill today for the Phils, he was pitching a scoreless ballgame through the first four innings until Pedro Alverez crushed a solo home run to right field to cut the Phillies 2-0 lead in half, he hit the ball so far it went over the right field bleachers and almost into the river. Worley would pitch six innings strong and only allow one run off of 5 hits, it turned out that the bullpen was the source of the problems again today.

I watched the game until about the top of the eighth inning and then I had to split to go to my family’s house for our Easter get together, I’m sure glad I did not stick around to see the end of the game because I would not have been one happy camper at all

I thought for sure we had todays game won after Juan Pierre batted in two runs off of a single to right field, Pierre who was in the lineup today starting in left field for the first time this season. But I also thought we had yesterdays game won too but again I was wrong, it was just one disappointing opening day weekend and I have sure seen too many walk offs at PNC Park. I always hate it when the Phillies play at this park, it just seems like we can never win there.

Pirates produced a rally after Ty Wigginton dropped a ball while playing first after pitcher Antonio Bastardo struck the batter out, that play would spark a rally and the Pirates would eventually score two runs in the inning and pull within one of the Phillies, then the Phillies bullpen blew the game later on.

This bullpen has blown the last to ballgames for the Phillies, our starting pitchers have pitched great ball games but then the relievers blow it. I was sort of worried about this going into the season and now I’m seeing that there is a problem, other than closer Jonathan Papelbon at the end of the Phillies bullpen who can get us through those 7th and 8th innings? So far nobody can and that’s not a good situation.

It just seems like every team in Major League baseball has that one team that they can never beat, that team for the Phillies is the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ever since Pittsburgh built this brand new beautiful ballpark the Phillies have completely stunk it up when we travel to the Steel city. I really don’t know why this happens but it seems like this happens to a lot of clubs where they just can never beat that one team, but that is sports for you.

Well at the end of the first weekend in Major League baseball for the Phillies we come out of it with one win, Roy Halladay pitched a great game on Thursday and pitched all the way to the eighth inning and then allowed Papelbon in the ninth to shut it down to collect the save.

Offense still is a problem we are going to have to deal with this year, Phillies only produced five hits today. Not a lot of runs scored over this weekend either.

Just a quick sidenote here, I really dislike fans waving their teams flag the entire game when you have really nice seats, I was watching the game on tv and right behind home plate this idiot Pirates fan was waving here stupid flag the entire game, seriously get a life.

Phillies head back home now to Philadelphia for tomorrows home opener against the Miami Marlins, Cole Hamels gets the nod to start the home opener. This game will be at 1:05 Pm EST.

See you in a little bit Philly

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GameDay Preview: Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Good Afternoon Folks,

The Philadelphia Phillies play game two of this three game opening series this evening at 7:05 Pm EST in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania at PNC Park.

Cliff Lee will take the hill for the Phillies and will try to ride some shutout momentum from Thursdays great performance from Roy Halladay. Halladay pitched eight scoreless innings and only allowed two hits, those hits were in the first inning. Jonathan Papelbon would come into the game in the ninth inning to record his first save as a Philadelphia Phillies closer after shutting down the Pirates in order.

Jeff Karstens will take the hill for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Karstens has really not had a great career so far to say the least. He has a career record of 21 and 36, has an ERA of 4.52 over his 6 season career. Before the Pirates Karstens pitched for the New York Yankees.

Laynce Nix will start at first base tonight instead of Ty Wigginton, Wigginton went 1 for 4 on Thursday and scored the only run of the game. Nix will make his seventh career start at first base tonight.

This game is on CSN and MLB Network for tv and 1210 WPHT for radio.

It’s supposed to be Sunny with a high of 60 degrees this evening in Pittsburgh, 0 percent chance of rain.

So grab a beer or a drink of your choice and Let’s enjoy some Saturday Night Phillies baseball.

Lets Go Phillies 

Phillies Lineup (1-0)

1. Victorino CF

2. Polanco 3B

3.  Rollins SS

4. Pence RF

5. Nix 1B

6. Mayberry LF

7. Ruiz C

8. Galvis 2B

9. Lee P

Pirates Lineup (0-1)

1. Tabata RF

2. Presley LF

3. McCutchen CF

4. McGehee 3B

5. Hague 1B

6. Walker 2B

7. Barjas C

8. Barmes SS

9. Karstens P

Phillies Shut out Pirates 1-0, Doc Was Dealing

It was a pitchers duel today at PNC Park in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on a beautiful day for opening day baseball. The Phillies one run off of a Carlos Ruiz sacrifice fly would be enough for the victory.

Roy Halladay was pitching like Roy Halladay today, a pitcher really in a league of his own. Halladay got into some first inning trouble but got a timely 6-4-3 double play and a fly out to get out of the inning with a goose egg still in the opponents run column, Doc would not allow another hit the rest of the way. He would hit two batters later in the game but the Pirates would not threaten at all. Roy Halladay pitched eight scoreless innings today and Jonathan Papelbon made his Phillies debut as he tried to shut down the Pirates in the ninth, he would do just that has he set the 1- 2-3 hitters down in order to get the save.

Phillies offense produced one run today off of eight hits, Carlos Ruiz got the only run for the Phillies today when he hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Ty Wigginton, Wigginton just barely slid under the tag as the throw was high and catcher Rod Barajas had to jump up in the air to get the ball. That would end up being the only run of the game for either club.

Carlos Ruiz was a beast today, 3 for 3 and a sac fly.

Freddy Galvis today made his debut for the Phillies and it was not a great game for him, Galvis ended two Phillies rallies by grounding into double plays both times.

Ryan Howard even chirped in via his twitter on Carlos’s great game today, I apologize I didn’t mention Chooch being a beast today. 3-3, RBI. Good day today

Feels great to get the season started with a win!….That one is over, now on with the process. Game 2 :). What Hunter Pence had to say after today’s Phillies win in Pittsburgh. Pence did not have a good day at all to start the 2012 campaign, Pence went 0 for 4.

1st Game in the books…lots of adrenaline today! Nice win:) Hope everyone had a wonderful day.  Shane Victorino took to twitter after the game, Victorino went o for three with a walk in the leadoff spot today.

If this would have been a midseason game Roy Halladay would have probably pitched the ninth inning but since it is the first game of the season most managers don’t like having their starters throw a ton of pitches, but in the end it all worked as Papelbon sure looked strong in his Phillies debut.

Roy Halladay said he was not surprised by being removed after eight by Pitching Coach Rich Dubee.

Time of game was 2 hours and 14 minutes, 39, 585 Phillies fans and Pirates fan showed up at PNC Park to watch opening day.

The Phillies have tomorrow off and resume play Saturday night against the Pirates, this game will be at 7:05 Pm Eastern Time as Cliff Lee will take the hill for the Phillies.

Just Another Phillies Victory

Opening Day Preview: Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Happy Opening Day Folks

After that long cold offseason the regular season is finally upon us, I was starting to get  little bit loopy and bored without baseball.

The Philadelphia Phillies open up their season today against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:35 Pm Eastern Time at PNC Park, it is one really beautiful ballpark as you overlook the Steel City.

Roy Halladay will make his tenth straight opening day start this afternoon. The Phillies offense will face 33-year-old Lefty Eric Bedard who has a career record of 56-50 in his eight season in the major leagues.

This game is on PHL 17 for Tv and on 1210 WPHT for radio.

The Phillies over the years have not played well at this ballpark but let’s hope that changes this weekend.

The weather is going to be pretty lovely all weekend long in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, there is 0 percent chance of rain on today and Saturday with a 30 percent chance of rain on Sunday. The high today will be 56 degrees around game time. Beautiful day for opening day baseball in Pittsburgh.

Let’s Go Phillies

Phillies Lineup

1. Victorino CF

2. Polanco 3B

3. Rollins SS

4. Pence RF

5. Wigginton 1B

6. Mayberry LF

7. Ruiz C

8. Galvis 2B

9. Roy Halladay P

Pirates Lineup

1. Presley LF

2. Tabata RF

3. McCutchen CF

4. Walker 2B

5. Jones 1B

6. Barajas C

7. Alvarez 3B

8.  Barmes SS

9. Eric Bedard P