The Phillies bled out an Opening Day victory behind Roy Halladay’s eight-inning two-hitter. Is it a sign of things to come?
Beerleaguer: Yeah, it is. Obviously, the lineup lacks umph. But it’s also Opening Day, and the low scores around baseball reflect that. With Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon, the Phillies are going to play many low-scoring games, and win most of them. So you’re not going to see me argue when our starting pitcher allows two, weak base hits to the first two batters he faces then none the rest of the way. And because of Doc's dominance, all the Phillies needed were the little things: John Mayberry’s glove in left; Ty Wigginton’s extension on the final out; Juan Samuel’s green light; the double-play combo of Jimmy Rollins and Freddy Galvis; one, locked-in spring hitter in Carlos Ruiz; Papelbon’s Philly-perfect adrenaline.