Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Phillies rally short in Opener, downed 7-5 against Braves

Cole Hamels had taken the baseball world by storm with mustache but last night it was gone!

The Phillies were pumped for Game 1 of the season and Chase Utley (3-5) practically fueled the offense by himself in the 7-5 loss on Opening Day for the team,  he had 3 RBI and hit his 200th HR of his career.

Cole Hamels has shaved his mustache and apparently the baseball gods weren't too happy with that as he gave up 2 early HR's to the Braves, one to Freddy Freeman, and the other to Dan Uggla. Hamels lasted 5.0 innings and gave up 5 ER in the Opener, his ERA starts off at 9.00 as a result of that.

Tim Hudson pitched really well, but was taken out after 4.1 innings, it was not long enough for him to earn the win, but the Braves notched a win to start off the season 1-0 down in Atlanta.

Jimmy Rollins was 1-5 and Ryan Howard was 0-5 in the debut, Michael Young was 0-2 with 2 BB on the evening. The team has tonight off, and the series resumes on Wednesday and Thursday in Atlanta. The Phillies then head home to Philly to open up here on Friday night for the home opener.

It's too early to make any assumptions on what the Phillies problems are right now, John Mayberry and Domonic Brown started this first game. Combined the two corner outfielders were 2-7. Ben Revere, batted lead-off, and started in center field, he went 1-4 with a BB.

It's the first loss of the season and hopefully the Phils don't get used to doing this.

It's the Doc on Wednesday night in Atlanta, he'll take on Paul Maholm at 7:10 PM on Wednesday night.

Someone had asked about yesterday's post with Phillies Opening Day starters, why did Jim Kaat open the 1976 season?

Answer: That's a great question stay tuned to the blog and podcast, we're going to answer it on our next show!

Phillies opening day memories: thanks to Larry Shenk and Phillies.com

Alumni share fondest memories of Opening Day

Larry Bowa (SS, 1970-81; CH, 1988-96; MGR, 2001-04)
"Getting my first hit off Ken Holtzman, something I will never forget."
Marty Bystrom (RHP, 1980-84)
"Seeing 'Irish' Mike Ryan catch a ball dropped from a helicopter. Still don't know how he did it."

Steve Carlton (LHP, 1972-86)
"Losing to Tom Seaver at Shea Stadium in a game that took 1 hour, 48 minutes."

Larry Christenson (RHP, 1973-83)
"April 6, 1973, at Shea Stadium in New York, Steve Carlton vs. Tom Seaver. I was 19 years old and the youngest player in the Majors. Willie Mays was in the Mets dugout as a player and at the end of a great career. Seaver struck out eight and beat Carlton in a very close game. I was on the front step as close to home plate as possible and remember the explosive fastballs from each of them on a cool, dark night lit by the lights at Shea. I was scheduled to pitch in Game 2 against [Jerry] Koosman on Saturday night but got rained out. They held me back until a game against the Mets, Friday, April 13. I won my debut, pitching a complete game."

Jim Eisenreich (OF, 1993-96)
"My first Opening Day was 1982 with the Twins in the first regular-season game ever played in the Metrodome. Some 30-plus family member and friends were there. I grew up an hour north of Minneapolis so it was a very special day in many ways, even though I was hitless in three at-bats."

Terry Francona (MGR, 1997-2000)
"While with the Reds, hitting a home run in 1987 off Floyd Youmans of the Expos, my former team."

Jim Fregosi (MGR, 1991-96)
"Hitting a home run on Opening Day off Milwaukee's Marty Patton."

Dallas Green (RHP, 1960-64; 1967; MGR 1979-81)
"There are two special memories: my first opener as the Phillies manager in 1980 and then receiving our World Series rings the following year."

Tommy Greene (RHP, 1990-95)
"Being in the bullpen in San Francisco. All the relievers were cramped in the little box in left field, reminded me of a chicken coop."

Kevin Gross (RHP, 1983-88)
"My first full year with the Phillies. As a rookie, it was just a great feeling to be part of a team with such great veteran players."

Terry Harmon (INF, 1967; 1969-77)
"Getting a hit in my very first at-bat in the Major Leagues. That was quite a thrill."

Dave Hollins (3B, 1990-95; 2002)
"I was pinch-hitting against the Cubs and hit a scorcher up the middle that looked like a sure hit but [Ryne] Sandberg made an unbelievable diving stop and nailed me at first base."

Ricky Jordan (1B, 1988-94)
"Being in the starting lineup for the 1989 opener at the Vet and hearing the loud cheers for me."

Jim Kaat (LHP, 1976-79)
"Seeing President Eisenhower throw out the ceremonial first ball ... he threw it from his box into a crowd of us and coach Clyde McCullough caught it. That's one great memory. Another was in 1965 when I had to be helicoptered into Met Stadium in Bloomington because of floods in the area. Wound up pitching nine innings against the Yankees, a game we won in 10 innings, 5-4.

Frank Lucchesi (MGR, 1970-72)
"Well, I have two great memories from Opening Day and both were with the Phillies. 1970 at Connie Mack Stadium, after 21 years in the Minor Leagues, I was finally in the Major Leagues as a manager. Very emotional day. Then, 1971, the first game ever played in Veterans Stadium. Both hold a very special place in my heart."

Greg Luzinski (OF, 1970-80)
"1972, a nervous rookie in Chicago, in front of my family. Hit a home run off Fergie Jenkins and we won, 4-2."

Tim McCarver (C 1970-72; 1975-80)
"My very first Opening Day with the Cardinals was not a fond memory. ... I was on the bench."

Mickey Morandini (2B, 1990-97; 2000)
"Has to be Mike Ryan catching a ball dropped from a helicopter at the Vet."

Bruce Ruffin (LHP, 1986-91)
"Being there for the first Opening Day in Coors Field."

Dick Ruthven (RHP, 1973-75; 1978-83)
"As a nervous rookie, throwing strikes on my first two pitches is something I remember the most."

Ryne Sandberg (1981)
"I made the Cubs Opening Day lineup at third base in Cincinnati. Going to home plate and seeing Johnny Bench behind the plate was a thrill."

Mike Schmidt (3B, 1972-89)
"First game of the 1974 season, I hit a game-winning, two-run home run with one out in the last of the ninth inning to beat the Mets and Tug McGraw, 5-4. Later, Tug became a teammate and a very good friend. We shared a lot of rides to the Vet from our suburban Philly homes."

Kevin Stocker (SS, 1993-97)
"Opening in Colorado in a snowstorm. Wearing two pair of batting gloves for warmth. Perhaps not my fondest but certainly the most memorable."

Kent Tekulve (RHP, 1985-88)
"The size of the crowd, the excitement and optimistic attitude about what the season could bring."

Del Unser (OF, 1973-74; 1979-82; CH, 1985-88)
"Has to be my first hit, a line-drive single to left in my third at-bat."

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