DOC, PAPELBON, CHOOCH, MAYBERRY SHINE
by Charles Oliver aka Bloggo Schloggo
In a pitching dominated game The Good Doctor tossed 8 innings of 2 hit ball. I was hoping Charlie would let Doc come out for the 9th and get try and get the complete game shutout. He was 8 pitches short of 100 after 8 innings. But who am I to 2nd guess Charlie. Charlie opted to bring in the Phils new closer Papelbon and he closed out with a stellar 3 up 3 down performance,
Chooch finished with 3 hits including knocking in the games only run. John Mayberry made 2 great catches in left field on long drives and had two hits including a double. Victorino had a stolen base. Newcomer Freddy Galvis fielded his position well but was weak with the bat having grounded into 2 double plays and going hitless.
Thus another campaign has begun with another Phillies win. 1 down and 161 to go. It should be interesting to see how well the Phils fare especially with big guns Utley and Howard on the sidelines. The Marlins and Nationals are much improved and the Braves are still a valid threat. The lowly Mets still look like cellar dwellers. Come Autumn and Sept. 30th we’ll know who was for real and who were pretenders. GO PHILLIES!
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a-Struck out for Resop in the 8th.
2B: Mayberry (1, Bedard).
TB: Ruiz 3; Wigginton; Mayberry 3; Halladay; Rollins.
RBI: Ruiz (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Galvis; Rollins; Pence.
GIDP: Galvis 2.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Victorino (1, 2nd base off Bedard/Barajas).FIELDING
TB: Presley; Tabata.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Walker.
GIDP: McCutchen, A.
Team RISP: 0-for-2.
Team LOB: 3.FIELDING
DP: 2 (Barmes-Walker-Jones, G, Alvarez-Walker-Jones, G).
Pitches-strikes: Halladay 92-65, Papelbon 10-9, Resop 18-10, Bedard 81-58, Cruz, J 17-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Halladay 10-5, Papelbon 2-0, Resop 0-0, Bedard 6-5, Cruz, J 1-0.
Batters faced: Halladay 27, Papelbon 3, Resop 5, Bedard 26, Cruz, J 4.
Umpires: HP: Brian Gorman. 1B: Larry Vanover. 2B: Tony Randazzo. 3B: Todd Tichenor.
Weather: 52 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, L to R.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
Doc dominates as Phillies shut out Pirates
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PITTSBURGH — The Phillies began the 2012 season knowing they could pitch and hoping they could score enough runs to win.
They followed form Thursday.
Phillies ace Roy Halladay dominated in a 1-0 victory over the Pirates on Opening Day at PNC Park. He just needed a little help, which finally came in the seventh inning, when Carlos Ruiz’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Ty Wigginton from third base.
It was the first run the Phillies had scored for Halladay since the eighth inning in Game 1 of the 2011 National League Division Series. The Phillies had played 15 scoreless innings behind Halladay — nine of them coming in Game 5 of the NLDS — until Ruiz finally knocked in a run.
Halladay allowed back-to-back singles to Alex Presley and Jose Tabata in the bottom of the first inning — the only hits he allowed over his eight innings — but got Andrew McCutchen to bounce into a double play and struck out Neil Walker to get out of the jam.
Halladay retired nine consecutive batters until he hit McCutchen with a pitch with one out in the fourth inning. He retired the next 13 batters he faced until he hit Clint Barmes with a pitch with two outs in the eighth.
Pirates left-hander Erik Bedard cruised through six shutout innings, but the Phillies finally got something going offensively in the seventh. Wigginton hit a one-out single to center and John Mayberry Jr. doubled into the right-field corner to put runners on second and third with one out.
Ruiz’s sacrifice fly gave the Phillies the only run of the game.
Jonathan Papelbon earned his first save with the Phillies with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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