Cole off, Chase on

Not the way Cole or the Phillies had hoped to begin the season. For the fourth time in the last 12 seasons, the Braves pinned an Opening Day loss on the Phillies last night.

Atlanta got to Cole for three homers in five innings. Once last season, Cole gave up that many home runs in a game, July 21 vs. the Giants at Citizens Bank Park. In 26 innings against the Braves last year, he allowed three homers. Turner Field is not friendly to Cole. In 15 starts, he’s 5-5, losing his last five. ERA going into last night was 4.18.

Making his first Opening Day start since 2010, Chase had a big game, falling a double shy of a cycle. His homer was #200, making him the ninth player in Phillies history to reach that plateau. Dick Allen is eighth with 204. A year ago, Chase homered in his first at-bat when he returned from the DL. This time, he homered in his second AB.

Everyone knows what a healthy Chase can mean for the ballclub.

Day off Tuesday is followed by another night game on Wednesday.

J-Roll started his 13th consecutive opener, breaking Bowa’s club record. The 13 straight starts matches the most for a NL shortstop since 1900; Cincinnati’s Davey Concepcion also made 13 consecutive starts . . . Braves led all NL clubs with 49 spring training home runs . . . Aumont, Brown, Horst, Kratz, Inicarte and Valez are on the Opening Day roster for the first time in their careers . . . 13 of the Phillies 25 players were not on the roster when last season started . . . Happy birthday to Pete Incaviglia, 49.

This Date
April 2, 1992
Phillies acquire RHP Curt Schilling from Astros for RHP Jason Grimsley.

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