Phillies Win Season Opener

Roy Halladay looked just as advertised.  Halladay propelled the Phillies to a 11-1 win in Monday’s season opener against the Washington Nationals.  He gave up one run on six hits in seven innings of work.  He also had nine strikeouts.  Halladay had a shaky first inning, but I think it was mainly due to butterflies of playing for his new team.  After giving up a run in the first inning, Halladay locked in and went to work.  You couldn’t have asked for a better debut than the former AL Cy Young winner turned in.  Halladay even knocked in a run to help his cause.

On the offensive side of things, the Phillies were paced by new third basemen Placido Polanco.  Polanco went 3-for-5 with 6 RBIs.  It was a career high in RBIs for the veteran.  His six RBIs were highlighted by a grand slam off of Nationals reliever Miguel Batista.  Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit.  Ryan Howard gave the Phillies the lead with a two-run home run in the 4th inning off of John Lannan.  Lannan only lasted 3.2 innings and the Phillies had a five run fourth inning to chase Lannan from the game.  Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, and Roy Halladay each added an RBI for the Phillies.  It was a great opening day win for the Phillies, but let’s not get too carried away.  After all, it was against the Washington Nationals.

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