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Doc Blanks Bucs on Opening Day

Phillies SP Roy Halladay allowed two hits and four base runners through eight scoreless innings as the Phillies won 1-0 on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Phillies couldn’t have asked for a more masterful outing from their Ace of Aces.

Roy Halladay gave up two singles in the first inning, the only two hits he would allow all game as his beautiful Opening Day outing allowed the Phillies offense to get away with scoring only one run all day.

The Phillies and Pirates took a scoreless tie into the 7th inning. After a one-0ut single by Ty Wigginton, John Mayberry followed up with a double down the right field line to put runners on second and third.

Carlos Ruiz skied one to shallow right field and Jose Tabata’s slightly high throw allowed Wigginton to score. It was the only run Pirates starter Erik Bedard would allow through seven innings.

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Brewers have Rollins on their radar

It isn’t surprising the Brewers are in need of a short stop.

It also isn’t surprising that one of the short stops they are interested in so happens to be Jimmy Rollins. Fortunately for Phils fans, Rollins isn’t the only short stop on the Brewers radar but you’d have to think he’s high on the list.

As I wrote a couple weeks ago, I felt the Brewers were going to make strong pushes for New York Mets’ star short stop Jose Reyes and Rollins this off season so it’s not a surprise that they could “settle” with Rollins when Reyes fell out of their price range.

Milawaukee has also been looking at Clint Barmes and Rafael Furcal as cheaper options as well as Yuniesky Batencourt, who was the Brewers short stop last season.

Rollins is looking for a five-year deal and it’s been reported that no team has made that offer yet nor has any interest in making that offer, including Milwaukee. It’s still believed that Rollins will be back in Philadelphia for a term shorter than five years.

Houston is a problem for Phils once again

I don’t know what it is about the Phillies playing Houston but it sure ain’t pretty.

Cole Hamels fell victim to the Astros’ black magic as the Phils lost 5-1 Tuesday night. He was less than good, not including the fact that home plate umpire Joe Reynolds was awful, and that was the story of his loss.

Hamels wasn’t getting the strikes he wanted from Reynolds – even to the point where he was visibly heated with Reynolds. He allowed five runs, four earned on nine hits and a walk while striking out six.

Hamels went into the 4th with a 1-1 tie game but lost the lead on an RBI single to Jason Bourgeois and then a three-run homer to Clint Barmes. Who? Exactly. It was that kind of night for Hamels and the Phils.

Former Phillie J.A. Happ, who has looked awful all year, didn’t necessarily cruise but pitched well enough for his 6th win on the season. He allowed a run on four hits and four walks through six innings while striking out four.

The Phils lone run off Happ came in the top of the 4th on a Hunter Pence solo home run. It was his 20th home run and 9th as a Phillie of the season. It was also the 4th straight year he hit 20 or more homers.

Carlos Ruiz also homered in the top of the 9th, too little too late.

It was the first time since May 31-June 3 4 that the Phils have lost three straight games. And these weren’t just three losses. They were three very sloppy losses.

On a happier note, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs took Game 1 of the Governors Cup against the Columbus Clippers. Fueled by a three home run from Brandon Moss, they won 5-2.

2B: Mayberry (15). HR: Pence (20), Ruiz (6).

WP: Happ (6-15). LP: Hamels (16-8).