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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (1-1) at Pirates (1-1)

Philadelphia Phillies (1-1) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1-1)

Vance Worley vs. James McDonald

Time: 1:35, PNC Park
TV: WB 17
Weather: Cloudy.  Mild.  67
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Charlie Manuel has decided to let the home grown Cole Hamels to start the home opener tomorrow so this opens the door to allow Vance Worley get his first shot at a ‘W’ in Pittsburgh.

Worley looked sharp this Spring.  Against the Pirates in the Grapefruit League he went four innings without allowing a hit and struck out eight.  The Vanimal had an incredible 2011 campaign winning 11 games in 21 starts with an ERA just above three.

Behind Worley will once again be a different lineup.  Manuel is attempting to shake some things up as the offense doesn’t seem to know that these games count.  Juan Pierre will lead off in left field replacing John Mayberry Jr and Jim Thome will make his first start at first base since 2007.  It was an interleague game against the Phillies and guess who was catching for the Phils?  Yep, Rod Barajas.

Ty Wigginton will also get a start at third and Worley’s personal catcher Brian Schneider will be behind the plate and bat eighth.  Freddy Galvis, a better bunter, will hit seventh in case any sacrifice opportunities arise.

It’s hard to imagine the offense can falter anymore than it already has so the Phillies will try and get after Pirates’ starter James McDonald early. Hunter Pence has five hits in his career against the righty and Jimmy Rollins, in the three spot again, has taken him deep.

The Phillies faced McDonald twice in the Grapefruit League.  He allowed a run and two hits in three innings of work during both appearances.

Lineup: Pierre 7, Victorino 8, Rollins 6, Pence 9, Thome 3, Wigginton 5, Galvis 4, Schneider 2, Worley 1

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  1. Brooks

    April 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Another first inning scoring opportunity

  2. Brooks

    April 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Hey hey hey!

  3. branderson925

    April 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Good job Pence. Keeping his career numbers against McDonald solid

  4. Jeff

    April 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Enough with all the offense already. How many teams can score
    Without there 3 and 4 hitters. Take fielder and cabrera out of the Detroit
    Lineup. Plus 2 lousy games with new Players

  5. Brooks

    April 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    The positive note? Worley is looking pretty good. His velocity is up.

  6. Brooks

    April 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    1 pitch for Jroll, again.

  7. Jeff

    April 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    My only issue is Rollins. Man he has declined. Should not be batting
    Third. First pitch swinging. Pence is da man

  8. Brooks

    April 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Pence with the lumber!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Tracey

    April 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    WOO HOO!!! Love that Hunter Pence! Great game; let’s eat!

  10. falch

    April 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    thome looks like he can still get it done at first base

  11. Jeff

    April 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Small and jimmy ks with a runner on third. Stop with Facebook and
    Twitter Rollins. Learn to hit again.

  12. Jeff

    April 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Ok. I have to say pathetic. Nobody out and second and third. Nothing.

    Wow. Juan nix both stink.

  13. Jeff

    April 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Sorry Juan. Spoke to soon. Respect.

  14. Jeff

    April 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Get jimmy out of the 3rd hole.

  15. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 8, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Did they mention Hoaward and Utley?

  16. Tracey

    April 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    WTF??? Are you kidding me???

  17. LCMRSalazar85

    April 8, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    This has turned into a long game. Freddy’s gotta show me he’s got a bat at this late stage of the game & get on base.

  18. Brooks

    April 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Schnides just plain sucks.

  19. Brooks

    April 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Oh boy, David Herndon

  20. Tracey

    April 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm


  21. Brooks

    April 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    What has Herndon shown to warrant this guy coming in for the 9th inning? I mean ever? This is really bad.

  22. Tracey

    April 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I’m channeling Stilwell from A League of Their Own . . . “You’re gonna loo-oose; you’re gonna loo-oose”

  23. Tracey

    April 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    crappy way to start a season.

  24. branderson925

    April 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Good games to Pence, Pierre and Vance.

    Otherwise just poor. Only following with gameday so it doesn’t tell the whole story. I thought Herndon was gonna get out of that jam after he got Tabata to strike out. Looked like quite the battle with McC(l)utchen. Good hitter but shouldn’t have came to that


    April 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Very disappointing series. Lost the lead in game two and three. Starting pitching was stellar, but we just could not execute offensively. Our bullpen blew two games and our offense really struggled. Rollins, Wigginton, Galvis all looked very weak, as did Schneider (which is expected from him). I hope this is not a glimpse of what to expect for the season. Very disappointing indeed. Also, Nix looked terrible at the plate. No clue.

    On the bright side, Pierre was clutch, and Victorino and Pence played well.

  26. Tracey

    April 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Well, maybe this will drive down the selling price on the few remaining opening day tickets on Stub Hub, and I’ll be able to go to the game. :^)

  27. Jeff Dowder

    April 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    They could have easily been swept…at least they’ll make it home with a win…

  28. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Sad thing is it wont be Pittsburgh it will be Miami and NY and Washington .
    At least its the 14th best line up.

  29. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    2 walk offs

    Oh wait Howard is looming.

    I would say fire RAJ for being so stupid but hes put us all in for this year.
    Have to fire the old man.

    When it all falls apart later or next year fire RAJ.

  30. Brooks

    April 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    They could have easily won all 3 as well Jeffy.
    Defense screwed this pooch today. You cannot give the opposing team 4 outs and expect to win.
    Then of course there is Herndon.

  31. physics problems

    April 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm

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