Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed a run through six innings in his no-decision during the Phillies 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
The Phillies managed to win a game 1-0 in their Opening Day on Thursday. But ignorance proved bliss and they managed to lose a game by scoring only one run on Saturday.
Wasting a quality start from Cliff Lee despite not having his best stuff, the Phillies lost 2-1 in 10 innings to the Pirates in the first of possibly many frustrating losses of the season.
One run is all the Phillies could manage, a manufactured run in the 1st inning.
Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco led off the game with a pair of singles. Jimmy Rollins, who bunted for a single in his first at-bat of the season on Thursday, laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved both runners into scoring position.
Hunter Pence followed that up with an RBI single up the middle to give the Phils a 1-0 lead.
That gave way to Lee, who wasn’t on his best but was good enough to foil the Pirates. In fact, it was Lee beating himself that allowed Pittsburgh to tie the game up.
It was the only blemish in Lee’s stat line. He allowed a run on two hits and two walks while striking out four in the no-decision.
With the bases loaded and Andrew McCutchen at the plate, Lee threw a wild pitch and allowed Yamaica Navarro to score and tie the game, 1-1.
The score remained 1-1 until the bottom of the 10th. Rod Barajas led off with a double off the top of the wall in dead center against Joe Blanton. Pinch runner Michael McHenry moved to third on a sacrifice bunt.
But with two outs, Blanton got Alex Presley to break his bat on a slow roller to short. Rollins fielded and threw to first but Presley beat the throw, scoring McHenry and winning the game for the Pirates.
WP: Cruz (1-0). LP: Blanton (0-1).