Saturday, April 2, 2011

Phils win thrilling opener, Lee tonight

What a way to start the season!

The offense struggled early, picking up where it left off last year. As everyone knows, the bats woke up late; capped by a ninth inning rally and a walk-off victory on John Mayberry's RBI single.

Roy Halladay and Brett Myers traded zeros early, but Doc left the game after six strong innings, trailing 1-0. Myers went seven strong, allowing just one run.

Trailing 4-0 in the seventh, the Phillies rallied for two in the bottom of the inning, and three in the ninth for the victory.

Tonight, Cliff Lee makes his second Phillies debut against Wandy Rodriguez. Charlie Manuel tweaked his lineup a bit with the southpaw on the mound for Houston:

1. Shane Victorino, CF
2. Placido Polanco, 3B
3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Ben Francisco, RF
6. Raul Ibanez, LF
7. Carlos Ruiz, C
8. Wilson Valdez, 2B
9. Lee, P

This is a good opportunity for Francisco to show Charlie that he can protect Howard in the lineup and bat fifth in the order against lefties.

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