Game 1 - Monday Afternoon, April 5th in Washington
Let's hope the rest of the season is this easy! The Phillies cruised this afternoon against the Nationals, taking the first game of the 2010 campaign by a decisive 11 to 1 score. Roy Halladay pitched as advertised, throwing 7 strong innings for the win while striking out 9 and scattering 6 hits. The offense also hit as advertised, collecting 13 hits on the day - 2 from Jimmy Rollins, 2 from Ryan Howard and 3 from Placido Polanco.
Polanco was the offensive star of the game, hitting a 7th inning grand slam and knocking in a total of 6 runs. Polanco makes his return to the Chachi set, following a 4-year absence.
Phillies debut: July 30, 2002
Major League debut: July 3, 1998
How acquired: Signed as a free agent formerly with the Detroit Tigers, December 3, 2009
Others wearing #27 in the 2000s: David Newhan 2000, Ricky Bottalico 2001-2002, Placido Polanco 2003-2005, Matt Kata 2005, Chris Coste 2006-2009
Pictured: Polanco in action against the Nationals on Opening Day 2009
Other Game Notes: The last time the Phillies scored this many runs on Opening Day, they defeated the Rockies, 12-6, in 1994. This is the team's first Opening Day victory since 2005. Relievers Danys Baez and David Herndon made their Phillies' debuts this afternoon. For Herndon, not only was it his Major League debut, it was the first time he had pitched above the AA level.