If there’s any doubt that spring training stats don’t mean anything, Doc showed that with his brilliant outing yesterday. Singles to the first two Pirates and that’s it. Papelbon did his one-inning thing, throwing nine strikes out of 10 pitches, for his first NL save.
So, the Phillies won a season opener for the first time ever from the Pirates by scratching out a run. Chooch was basically the Phillies offense, 3-3, with the RBI sac fly.
Pitching and defense. Galvis turned a tough DP in the first inning to help get Doc out of that quick jam. Mayberry made two fine catches in left field.
Two more games in Pittsburgh set the stage for the first game at Citizens Bank Park, 1:05 p.m. on Monday against the Marlins, who haven’t scored a run in two losses.
Pre-game block party, U. S. Navy Leap frogs parachuting into the park, 2011 East Division pennants for fans courtesy of Modell’s Sporting Goods, Charlie and the Mayor leading the team as they enter the park from left field, Anthem by the Philadelphia Boys Choir, unveiling of the large American flag, a flyover, U. of Delaware All-American basketball star Elena Delle Donne with the ceremonial first ball. Typical pageantry for a Phillies home opener.
2004—Phillies opened Citizens Bank Park against the Reds. The lineup that day:
April 6, 1972—First players strike cancels season opener and first 86 games.
April 6, 1982—Phillies home opener is postponed by snow. Next day is postponed by cold weather.
April 6, 2001—Phillies retire Hall of Famer Jim Bunning’s #14 in pregame ceremonies. Cubs win opener, 3-2.
Among the new features at www.phillies.com/alumni:
**A vintage photo of the Phillies opening day in 1938.
**Broadcaster Chris Wheeler relives Mike Schmidt’s four consecutive home run game. Included is a link to video of Schmidt’s game-winning fourth homer on a wild day in Chicago.
**Where Are They Now? Kevin Jordan, former infielder and pinch-hitter deluxe.
**History of Phillies 1-0 opening day wins plus a team photo of the 1913 cub.