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April 09, 2014
They might have well let the Phillies play on Monday during the rain, rather than rescheduling the home opener to Tuesday. The day started off in high spirits as Jamie Moyer and Steve Carlton, now part of the Phillies Broadcast team, threw out the first pitch. It was all downhill from there. Before the game even started, Phillies’ fans were unsettled by finding out Chase Utley was not playing, due to the flu.
The pitching, the hitting, the fielding, all were not there for the Phils on their home opener. Kyle Kendrick, who performed well in his season debut, lasted only 90 pitches in 5 innings, giving up 9 hits and 4 earned runs. Phils’ pitchers in total gave up 7 earned runs and 15 hits, including 3 home runs to Ryan Braun, tying his career high. And the fielding didn’t help either.
The Phillies committed 3 errors causing for 3 runs, one by Asche, one by Revere, and another by Kendricks. Asche also fumbled 2 double-play attempts. And as if the defense was doing nothing, it seemed just as bad on the offensive side. Only the top two on the order, Revere and Rollins, had more than one hit. Rollins had one double that drove in 2 runs, and Revere had a triple with and RBI. Other than Byrd driving in Revere in the first inning, the Phillies couldn’t get anything going. The Phillies managed to leave 11 men on base throughout the game.
All in all it was a dreadful game to watch. If the Phils don’t pick it up, they have no chance at winning the last two games in this series, which would give them a 2 series winning streak.
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