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

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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