Monday, April 05, 2010

Phils put offense into overdrive and fire on all cylinders

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President Obama throws out the first pitch, he threw it high and wide but at least he didn't bounce it!

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          By Rich Baxter -   Washington- The Phillies looked hungry this afternoon, a dramatic difference from the way they finished in the World Series in 2009. The team embarked on an offensive juggernaut that was started by Jimmy Rollins who was hungry to score on a first inning miscue by the Nationals. Jimmy was thrown out at the plate, but this set the tone for the Phillies offense for the day.
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Roy Halladay with a sacrifice bunt, laid down perfectly and Rollins getting thrown out at home early

        By the end of the day, the Phils would bombard the Nationals with 11 runs after the Nationals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead off of the Phillies. Roy Halladay mowed the Nats down at will with 9 strikeouts and allowing only one run on the day for his first win in a Phillies uniform that counts in the stats. Placido Polonco left no doubt that he was back in the Phillies fold, going 3-5 with a grand slam and putting up 6 RBI on the day.

       Ryan Howard got in on the feeding frenzy, recording his first homerun of the year. Roy Halladay, the new Phillies ace, compared the feeling of starting this game off with the Phillies to other Opening Day games he’s started with the Nationals. "It was a lot different," said Halladay, whose seven previous opening day starts came with the Toronto Blue Jays before being traded to the Phillies. "It's been fun for me. Nothing against Toronto, but it kind of gives you renewed energy coming over here. It's a team that wants to win and can win."

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    Halladay struck out 9 in his Phillies debut vs. Washington               


 What a way for the Phillies to open the season, as they have had problems in the past with Opening Days but they didn’t have a guy named Halladay on the team back then. It was a great day for baseball, and a great day for Phillies fans today.

 Cole Hamels will continue the 1-2 punch in the rotation on Wednesday night @ 7:05 Eastern, for the Phillies as they again face the Nationals in Washington DC.

1 comment:

  1. The doctor is IN! :)

    Hey, that Herndon did Ok, wherever we pulled him in from. I could see more of that!