In the 10th straight opening day start of his career, Roy Halladay was nearly perfect. Through 8 innings against the Pirates, he allowed only 2 hits, both of which came in the 1st inning. After the 1st, he was unhittable.
And it is a very good thing, too. Because the Phillies offense got off to a bit of a slow start with a few exceptions. Carlos Ruiz went 3 for 3 and drove in the only run of the game in the 7th inning. John Mayberry Jr. help set up Chooch with 2 hits and made several key plays in left field.
The only other offense was a bunt single from Jimmy Rollins and a single from Mr. Fantastic himself, Halladay. There was little else the Phils could have asked from Halladay today.
The sad story of the day was rookie Freddy Galvis. In his first major league game, Galvis started his career with 2 straight double play balls. His third at-bat would have been a double play as well if there had been a runner on 1st at the time and less than two outs. For the finale, Galvis struck out.
It was not pretty, but give the rookie some time. Hopefully, he will bounce back in game 2.
Not wanting to drain his ace too early, manager Charlie Manuel pulled Halladay after the 8th and gave their new closer a shot in the 9th. Jonathan Papelbon was as advertised. He reached 95 on the gun and sent the Bucos down in order.
The Phillies sauntered off with a slim 1-0 win over the Pirates. If this is any indication of the season to come, hang on Phillies fans, it is going to be a nail-biting 161 games remaining!
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