In their home-opener of the 2010 season, the Phillies proved that their line-up is a dominant force to be reckoned with. Starting pitcher, Cole Hamels let up four runs by the fourth inning. But the Phils rallied back from the 4-0 deficit to the Nationals with a five-run fifth inning led by third-basemen Polanco, and second-basemen Utley.
This is one of the many reasons I love the Phillies. They provide a good game. I never lose faith in them.
Even with Jimmy Rollins scratched out of the top of the order just minutes before the game. There was a noticeable shift in the crowd when Juan Castro ran out on the field to take the short-stop’s place. During warm-ups, Rollins strained his right calf.
The list of injuries grew when in the sixth inning, right-fielder Jayson Werth left the game with a tweaked left hip-flexor. Ben Francisco took his place in the outfield for the rest of the game and all signs point to Werth exiting for simple precautionary reasons.
Although Hamels’ home-opening start was rocky, he recovered. Pitched a perfect fifth, and secured two outs before handing the game over to the ‘pen in the sixth.
But clearly not even injuries can deter the Phillies offense from bringing the bats. The Fightin’s are 6-1, with 50 runs scored in those first 7 games.
Being stuck in North Jersey, Phillies games are out of my market. Unfortunately, I’m stuck with the Yankees or the Mets. I do have a somewhat solution to the problem–I get Phillies update texts sent to my phone during the games. There is nothing more exciting than having your phone vibrate for about ten minutes straight when the Phils have an explosion of runs like they did in the fifth on Monday.