The stadium was packed with the high hopes of fans and brimming with pride as the defending NL East champs took the field. Things started off well, a 1-2-3 top of the 1st by Myers, a 2-nothing lead heading into the 5th, then everything turned to crap...
*Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins went deep, and overall had solid offensive showings for the game.
*6 runs scored...usually wins you a ball game.
*JC Romero pitched a brilliant 8th inning.
*Brett Myers pegged Paul LoDuca with a pitch, bringing a huge evil grin to this Phillies Phan's phace.
That's it for positives.
*Brett Myers after pitching well for the first 4 innings fell apart in the 5th and only ended up going 5 innings...not what we expect or need from our "ace".
*Geoff Jenkins unceremoniously struck out in his Phillies debut in a pinch-hitting appearance.
*Pedro Feliz lived up to his "Out Machine" moniker, as he made 5 outs in 4 plate appearances, twice killing rallies with men on and no outs.
*Jimmy Rollins had two defensive lapses in the field, both leading to a run for the gNats.
*Ryan Madson isn't any good, that 2-run bomb by Milledge hurt.
*Tom Gordon is going to have a 9+ era this season...seriously. He is horrible, and I don't think he can pitch any more. Current era of 135.00, because of 5 runs surrendered in 1/3 of an inning. F U very much Pat Gillick!
*Carlos Ruiz tried to pick off Nick Johnson at 3rd in the top of an already ugly 9th, throwing the ball away leading to another run.
*Despite Washington playing late last night and having one of the weakest offenses in baseball, they clobbered the Phils 11-6...losing April here we come.
According to the LA Times, relief pitcher Rudy Seanez has been signed by the Phillies and will be activated in time for Wednesday's game. It's time to see if this guy can help the bullpen, after all I've been calling for him to be signed the past 3 seasons. The 39 year old has pitched in the majors for 16 seasons with a handful of teams posting a 4.15 era, 1.41 whip, and more than a strikeout per inning pitched.