So much for spring training stats.
Phillies were shut out in their last 3 spring games, getting 6 total hits. J-Roll struggled all spring and Cliff was lights out, 26 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.
In his second AB in yesterday’s season opener, J-Roll hit a grand slam, his 200th home run. Cliff saw a 6-0 lead evaporate but being an AL game with the DH in play, he stayed in the game and picked up a win despite allowing 8 runs. Shocking? Even more shocking: 1 strikeoout.
Phillies bats exploded with their biggest opening day run total since 1900 when they beat the Boston Beaneaters, 19-10, a major league record that still stands. A year ago, Phillies didn’t reach double figures in runs until their 81st game.
J-Roll, who is awaiting the birth of his second child, started his 14th straight game, matching the major league record for one team by Cal Ripken. NL record was 13 by Cincinnati’s Davey Concepcion. Phillies record is 16 years by Michael Jack.
Phillies are 3-0 in season openers in Texas, 1965 and 1993 the previous in Houston.
Last Phillies pitcher to give up 8 runs in a win? Dick Ruthven, 1981.
Only other grand slam on opening day for the Phillies? Placido Polanco, four years ago.
Phillies and Rangers scored more runs (24) than total points in the first game last season between the Eagles and Cowboys (20).
Yesterday marked the first time since 1962 that the voice of Richie Ashburn, Harry Kalas or Chris Wheeler was not heard on a Phillies broadcast.
Jake Diekman: First time for an opening day. So excited to have this opportunity! Baseball is back!! It really should be a National Holiday!
Philadelphia Eagles: Hey neighbor, feel free to hit home runs into our backyard any time. Good luck this year.
Coming May 1, my book filled with notes, quotes and anecdotes from 50 years with the Phillies. Title: If These Walls Could Talk. Publisher: Triumph Books. Foreword: Larry Bowa. Number of pages: 212.