Phillies 2, Pirates 0
Game 1 - Thursday Afternoon, April 5th in Pittsburgh
Record - 1-0, Tied for 1st Place
One Sentence Summary: Roy Halladay was his usual masterful self against the Pirates, as he and new closer Jonathan Papelbon combined for the 1-0 shutout.
What It Means: It's a nice way to start a season.
What Went Right: Halladay allowed a few first inning singles and then decided that was enough. Other than the two guys he hit with pitches, no other Pirates reached based. He struck out five in his eight innings of work before turning the game over to Papelbon who recorded his first Phillies save.
The Phils lone run came in the seventh when Ty Wigginton singled, went to third on John Mayberry, Jr.'s double and then came in to score on a Carlos Ruiz sac fly. Ruiz went 3 for 3 and Mayberry had a couple of hits along with a nice running catch in left.
According to this cool note from The Phillies Zone, Freddy Galvis became the first player to make his Major League debut in the Phillies opening day starting line-up since Larry Bowa and Denny Doyle did it in 1970. Unfortunately, the team's new second baseman went 0 for 4 while grounding into two double plays.
Featured Card: This was an easy choice. This is Doc's card from the Topps Opening Day set.
I'm normally not down on opening day, but I missed my Dad more than usual yesterday. It was a tough day to say the least.