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