The home crowd was in a frenzy before Monday’s home opener. It stayed that way quickly after the game began. Jimmy Rollins was scratched from the lineup just after he has introduced as a starter. Later it was revealed that Rollins had a right calf strain that was suffered in pregame warmups. He is set to undergo an MRI tomorrow. Jayson Werth was also pulled from the game with left hip soreness. He is not scheduled to get an MRI, so hopefully the injury isn’t too serious.
The game began with Cole Hamels looking good. He had his command down and was using his velocity as well. In the 2nd inning, Hamels allowed a solo home run to Josh Willingham. Hamels seems to always give up home runs so I wasn’t surprised by an early long ball. However, things began to unravel in the 4th inning. The 1st two batters reached base for the Nationals with nobody out. Hamels rebounded to strike out Josh Willingham and Ian Desmond. He could see his way out of the inning when he gave up an RBI single to Ivan Rodriguez. He preceded to walk Adam Kennedy, which loaded the bases. Jason Marquis followed Kennedy and hit an RBI double just over the head of Placido Polanco. Hamels went 5.2 innings giving up four runs on six hits and had 6 strikeouts.
The Phillies were mostly silent to this point in the game. Placido Polanco hit a one out single and Chase Utley walked. Ryan Howard drove in Polanco with an RBI single to make it 4-1. Jayson Werth followed with a fielder’s choice groundout to 3rd base, which allowed Utley to score. In the 5th inning, the Phillies hit Jason Marquis hard. They got five runs in the inning. Juan Castro and Polanco had RBI hits to give the Phillies a 5-4 lead. Chase Utley came up and delivered a two run home run off the right field foul pole. The Phillies bullpen cruised from there to give them a 7-4 win at Citizens Bank Park