The Phils end opening day with a walk-off win via a bases-loaded ninth inning single by John Mayberry, Jr., as they defeat the Astros, 5-4.
The Phils and Astros spent the first five innings in a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Halladay and Astros’ starter Brett Myers, with Halladay giving up only three hits, while he struck out six batters, while Myers would give up just two hits. The Astros finally took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Bill Hall hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Angel Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Hunter Pence’s double, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead, while sending Pence, who had earlier doubled, over to third base. The Astros would increase their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Michael Bourn hits a two-run triple, knocking in Brett Wallace, who had lead-off the inning with a single, moved up to second base on Humberto Quintero’s single, then went to third on Myers’ sacrifice bunt, 3-4, and Quintero, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Myer’s sac bunt, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead. The Astros then took a 4-0 lead when Sanchez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bourn. The Phils then started to come back in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a sac fly, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, then went to third on catcher Quintero’s passed ball, making it a 4-1 Astros’ lead, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on the pass ball, on to third base. The Phils then made it 4-2 Astros as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Rollins. The Phils then went to work in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had started the rally with a single, then went to second base on Howard’s single, before stealing third with Francisco batting, making it a 4-3 Astros’ lead, while Howard, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. Then two batters later, after Carlos Ruiz had loaded the bases with a single, moving both Howard and Francisco up a base, and with still one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, tying the game up at four-all, while sending Francisco to third, and Ruiz to second base. One batter later, with the bases still loaded and with one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a ball over the center fielder Bourn’s head for a walk-off RBI single, scoring Francisco, to give the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.
Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits, while he struck out six. J.C. Romero pitched to one batter, giving up a run on a hit. David Herndon pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Danys Baez received the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Brett Myers also received a no-decision as he pitched seven inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was eamed, on three hits and three walks. Wilton Lopez recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brandon Lyon blew his first save attempt of the season before taking the lost (0-1, 81.00) as he gave up three runs on six hits.
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI (Sac Fly)) and Wilson Valdez (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Pinch Hitter Ross Gload (Single) and Pinch Hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hit. Raul Ibanez knocked in the other Phil run on a ground out.
The Phils (1-0, 1st-T NL East) will continue their opening season series with the Astros (0-1, 3-T NL Central) tomorrow with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern Daylight Time. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee, who last year, with the Mariners and Rangers, went 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA. He will be trying to give the Phils a chance to start the season off with two straight wins. The Astros will counter with Wandy Rodriguez, who last year went 11-12 with a 3.60 ERA. He will be trying to give the Astros an even record.