Marlins Spoil Opener
Cole hadn’t lost to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park since 2010, 4-0; Sanchez hadn’t won in seven outings in the Phillies home also since 2010. That flip-flopped as the Marlins won the Phillies home opener yesterday. Cole fell to 1-4 in his last six opening starts of a season.
The Marlins pounded out six extra base hits yesterday. The Phillies have four for the season. They’re averaging 2 runs per game in falling two under .500 for the first since April 23, 2009. Obviously, the offense is sputtering. It will pick up.
Day off today is followed by a classic pitching matchup tomorrow night, Doc against the Marlins’ ace, JJ. Could be a tough night for hitters.
Elias Sports Bureau
The Marlins’ Infante became the eighth visiting player with a multi-homer game in a Phillies home opener. Among the others were Albert Pujols (Cardinals, 2006) and three Hall of Famers, Mel Ott (Giants, 1934), Bill Terry (Giants, 1932) and Buck Ewing (Giants, 1887).
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley blanked Pawtucket, 1-0; four pitchers combing in the shutout; RHS Scott Elarton won, 2 hits, 5 innings; LHR Jacob Diekman, 1st save, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts, 1 inning. LF Dominic Brown, 2-4, including RBI single in the 4th.
**Reading improved to 5-0, 5-2, over New Hampshire. CF Tyson Gillies, 3-5, 3 runs, 2 RBI; hitting .389.
**Clearwater beat Tampa, 9-6 with DH Jeremy Barnes and C Cameron Rupp getting 4 RBI each. Two big leaguers on rehab pitched in the game, Andy Pettite and Jose Contreras.
**Lakewood continued a season-opening 7-game road trip with a 6-2 loss in Greensboro. RF Brian Pointer, 3-4, including 2nd homer.
April 10, 1971—Phillies win first game played in Veterans Stadium, 4-1, over the Montreal Expos. RHP Jim Bunning is the winner. SS Larry Bowa got the first hit. 3B Don Money got the first home run.
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