The first six innings involved a pitcher’s duel between Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, who would give up two lead-off hits in the first, before inducing a doubleplay ball, before going through the Pirates’ line-up with little further trouble, allowing only a hit batter in the fourth to reach base, striking out three batters, and Pirates’ starter Erik Bedard, who would scatter four hits and a walk, as he was helped by a couple of doubleplay balls, while striking out four Phils. The Phils finally broke up the 0-0 tie in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on John Mayberry Jr’s double, beating right fielder Jose Tabata’s throw to the plate, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. After Halladay kept the Pirates’ bats quiet in the seventh and eighth innings, the ball was handed over to new closer Jonathan Papelbon, who would record his first save of the 2012 season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, getting Andrew McCutchen to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.
Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he threw eighth strong innings, giving up just two hits and two hit batters, while striking out five. Jonathan Papelbon received his first save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Erik Bedard (0-1, 1.29) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. Chris Resop and Juan Cruz would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) and a walk (Resop), while striking out four (two batters apiece) between them.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Roy Halladay (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks, and a stolen base (Shane Victorino) in the ballgame.
The Phils (1-0, T-1 NL East) will have the day off tomorrow, before continuing their three games series with the Pirates (0-1, 6 NL Central) Saturday night. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT, and will be played at PNC Park. The Phils will send to the mound their no. 2 pitcher, Cliff Lee (0-0, -.–), who had a record of 17-8 in 2011, with an ERA of 2.40 and a WHIP of 1.03. He would pitch in 232.2 innings, striking out 238 batters. He will be trying to see if he can lead the Phils to their second straight win at the start of the 2012 season. The Pirates will counter with Jeff Karstens (0-0, -.–), who had ended last season with a record of 9-9, with a 3.38 ERA and a WHIP of 1.21. Karstens would pitch in 162.1 innings, striking out just 96 batters. He will be trying to even up the series at a game apiece. The Phils will be trying to see if they can start the 2012 season with a 2-0 record.