Phils continue their domination of subpar competition for the home opener
After another multi run victory over an inferior foe, the Phils will have some issues to deal with. Jimmy Rollins was a late scratch with a strained calf muscle and was replaced by Juan Castro. Later in the game, Jayson Werth was replaced in the outfield by Ben Francisco when he started to experience hip soreness. Jimmy will undergo an MRI, Jayson will not.
The Phillies, now 6-1, once again gave Cole Hamels enough run support to garner victory number 2 on the season despite looking less than stellar. For the second time in a week, Cole was knocked around more than he should of been by the Nationals. He gave up 4 earned runs in just under 6 innings pitched, but the real kick in the balls was the 2 RBI double surrended to pitcher Jason Marquis. It reminded me of the horrible hanging curve Cole threw in Game 3 of the World Series that Andy Petitte singled off of. The rest of the bullpen, however, was great. Chad Durbin (hold #3), Jose Contreras (hold #1), Danys Baez (hold #2), and Ryan Madson (save #2) pitched over 3 innings of no hit ball while striking out 3.
The Phillies, no stranger to comebacks last season, and early this season too, came roaring back after they were put in 4-0 after Marquis double. Their big inning was a 5 run 5th inning that was capped off by a 2 run shot by Chase Utley, his second of the year along with his 5th and 6th RBI's of the year. Placido Polanco continued his unreal start, getting 2 more hits, raising his average to .484, and 2 more RBI, raising his total to 10.
Roy Halladay was named NL Player of the Week. He's 2-0 and as advertised.