Friday, April 17, 2009

Lou Marson impresive, Phils aren't

Lou Marson started his first game of the season in Washington last night, and did not disappoint. Hitting 2-for-4 with a home run in his career entering the game, Marson lined a base hit to center field in his first at bat, picking up the Phils' first hit of the night. He followed with his first career double, down the right field line, in his next at bat and finished 2-for-3. He also called a good game and handled Joe Blanton well, settling him in nicely after he threw a fastball right down the middle of the plate to Adam Dunn for a three-run home run in the first inning.

The bullpen was disappointing last night. Blanton left the game with the team trailing 3-2. The Phils are built for comebacks, and the bullpen needed to keep the game close to give the offense a chance.

Chad Durbin's struggles continued, allowing a home run to the first batter he faced, Josh Willingham, who happened to be 0-for-11 for the season prior to the long-ball. Jack Taschner got absolutely rocked, pitching one inning, allowing four runs on four hits, two walks and two home runs. In the end, it was an 8-2 loss and the inconsistent start to the season continued.

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