A bad start by Cole Hamels, the first Phil starter to falter in his first regular season start, combined with a presently non-existent offense, leads to the Phils dropping their home opener to the Marlins, 6-2.
The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Hanley Ramirez hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Jose Reyes, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Emilio Bonifacio’s single, before stealing third as the lead runner on a double steal, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while sending Bonifacio, who had earlier singled, then was the trailing man on the double steal, on to third base. The Marlins added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Gaby Sanchez hits an RBI single, scoring Ramirez, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead. The Marlins then took a 3-0 lead in the fifth as Omar Infante hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season. The Marlins increased their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, G. Sanchez hits an RBI double, knocking in Bonifacio, who had earlier singled, giving the Marlins a 4-0 lead. The Marlins then made it a 5-0 lead in the seventh as Infante hits his second lead-off home run of the ball game, his third home run of the season. The Phils finally got on the scoreboard in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Freddy Galvis hits a two-run double, collecting his first major league hit, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, stopped at second base on John Mayberry Jr’s single, then went to third base on Carlos Ruiz’s force out, 3-6, forcing out Mayberry at second base for the inning’s first out, and Ruiz, who was safe at first on the force out, making it a 5-2 Marlins’ lead. The Marlins got one of the runs back in the ninth as Austin Kearns hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Steve Cishek pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Ruiz to strike out, swinging, for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels (0-1, 5.06) took the lost as he went five and one-third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on eight hits, while he struck out nine Marlins. Joe Savery pitched one and two-thirds innings in his major league debut, as he gave up a run on a hit. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while he struck out one. Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 2.84) got the win as he went six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. Randy Choate recorded his first hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, as he struck out a batter. Edward Mujica collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Steve Cishek pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two.
The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, both singles. Hunter Pence (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Freddy Galvis (Double, 2 RBIs), had the Phils’ other four hits. The Phils also had a steal (Rollins) in the game, as the offense continues with its early woes.
The Phils (1-3, 4th) have the day off tomorrow.