The best day of the year for Phillies fans everywhere. Opening Day. The only part of the day that was a downer was the throwing out of the first pitch. How much in tax dollars did that cost? But anyway. Like I was saying, Opening Day. It was a beautiful day in our nation’s capital. The sun was shining on the defending National League Champions.
The Phillies put on a display from the jump. They averaged more than a hit per inning. They averaged a walk per inning. The Phillies got 20 runners to first base in what ended up turning into a conga line around the basepath. The Phillies routed the Nationals 11-1, but the offense wasn’t the story.
The big story was Roy Halladay. Halladay scattered 8 Nationals over 7 solid innings. He struck out more than he scattered. 9 Ks in 7 IP. He allowed 1 earned run. The only reason why Halladay got pulled after the 7 solid innings was the cha cha line. Halladay even helped his own cause with an RBI single. If not for all the run support, Halladay could surely have gone the final two innings. After 7 innings, Halladay had thrown only 88 pitches, of which 59 were strikes (67%).
A good start for the Phillies, hopefully Hamels can follow it up on Wednesday.