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Phillies Win Wild Opener, Beat Rangers with Two Touchdowns

Asche had a bash. (MLB).

It was a crazy afternoon in North Texas.

The Phillies cracked 17 hits and added six walks, beating the Rangers 14-10, scoring the most runs on Opening Day since 1900.


We’ve Got the Runs

-Offensively challenged is a term I would use to describe the Phillies during the last few seasons. Since the start of 2012, the Phils reached the 10-run plateau only 11 times. Since 2011, they’ve scored 14 or more runs in a game just four times. Other fun-with-numbers: It took the Phillies 81 games to reach double digits last season, and of course, just one this season.

-Marlon Byrd and Jimmy Rollins both homered. It’s been a long, long time since that’s happened.

-The second inning was one of the best innings by the Phillies I’ve seen in ages. They walked three times, hit a bunch of balls hard, and ended it with six runs. According to my colleague Corey Seidman, the Phillies walked three times in an inning only six times last year. Jimmy Rollins helped by hitting his 200th career bomb, a grand slam, in the frame. They’ll need many more innings like that this year if they want to compete.

-Rollins also became just the 10th player in major league history to reach 200 homers and 400 stolen bases. Is he Hall of Fame worthy?

-Ryan Howard struck out three times, but overall I thought he looked fairly comfortable in the box. Good to see him collect two hits in his first game of the year. Cody Asche went yard and collected two hits. Ben Revere smacked three hits and knocked in three runs.

Not a Pitchers Duel

-Cliff Lee was not sharp at all, yet got a victory. Honestly, he was throwing a lot of junk up there, which is very unlike the normally-crisp hurler. Lee allowed eight runs on 11 hits in five innings, just the fourth time in Cliff Lee’s fantastic career that he allowed eight runs or more in a game. Probably not an issue moving forward – a lot of guys get shelled in Arlington – but disheartening out of the gate nonetheless.

-Maybe overlooked – or maybe not – was the fact that the Phillies got a gift by not having to face Yu Darvish, the AL Cy Young runner-up last season. Tanner Scheppers stepped in, and the Phillies offense took full advantage.



  1. Jerry Heebner Sr.

    March 31, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Great job Phillies keep up the good work.

  2. Kathy Self Acosta

    March 31, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Absolutely love Phillies And Cubs! So happy for you guys to win your opening game against the Rangers! I live in Texas but always a Phillies and Cubs fan!!! Blessings to you all this season!!!!!

  3. DavidE

    March 31, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Good start to the season. Strange how things work. I remember Cliff Lee had some great games starting out in 2012 (10 IP 0 runs against SF, 8 IP 1 run against Hou, 7.2 IP 2 runs against LA) and he didn’t have a win. Today, he gives up 8 runs in 5 IP, blows a 6 run lead and gets the win.

  4. J S Miller

    March 31, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Wow — Not the kind of start that we expected. But, in the end it was a W – for Cliff and the Phils – and a 1 and 0 start.

  5. Lefty

    March 31, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Can we please stop rating pitchers by W’s and L’s? Lee has pitched so well so many times and ended up with no-decision or a loss. Today he throws an absolute stinker and wins.

    No more W’s and L’s for pitchers. Simply the most misleading stat in all of baseball.

    In other news, the offense was a blast today!

    • Bob in Bucks

      April 1, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Absolutely correct Lefty. W+L are TEAM stats not pitching stats, especially in this age when starting pitchers are expected to go 6-7 innings.

  6. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    March 31, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Not only was the offense cooking, but the defense, the baserunning, and the walks. A great wins and exciting game. Another win for the Phillies is that they let go of Fat Joe Blanton awhile back, and now he signed with the A’s to a minor league contract, but the Angels are on the hook to him for 8.5 million. Ouch. Very ouch. Excited for a full season and how Sandberg runs it. Go Phils!

  7. Chuck A.

    March 31, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Like Pat said, they didn’t have to face Darvish. A gift indeed. Great offensive explosion, nice job by Sandberg using his players. And yeah…..Paps being dominant like that is HHUUGGEE.

    Great way to kick off the season but let’s not delude ourselves that this team doesn’t have an uphill battle on so many fronts.

  8. Ryck

    March 31, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Touchdowns??? Seriously???

  9. Alicia

    March 31, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Uh……. Touchdowns? What? Someone needs to be fired from their job….

  10. billiam

    March 31, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    14-10 IS a very common score in NFL games and I thought it was kinda clever that the headline referred to touchdowns . . . I guess the Rangers only got one and a field goal . . . 🙂

  11. gibbs57

    March 31, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Uh yeah touchdowns. No not seriously.

    fa·ce·tious [fuh-see-shuh s]


    1. not meant to be taken seriously or literally: a facetious remark.

    • loupossehl

      April 1, 2014 at 3:09 am

      The Rangers kept coming on but we did a good job of stopping them in the red zone.

  12. billiam

    March 31, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Oh crap! I just noticed the first sub-header: “We’ve Got the Runs” – that’s even funnier!!!
    hahahaha . . ..

  13. psujoe

    March 31, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Great start because all that matters is wins and staying healthy. Face a lefty tomorrow so the lineup will be interesting.

  14. Barbara Weaver

    April 1, 2014 at 3:02 am

    The opening day started out with Jimmy Rollins grand slam. That was unbeleveable that was the best I ever scene. That really made my day.

  15. Don M

    April 1, 2014 at 9:21 am

    The most runs the Phillies scored on Opening Day since 1900
    Are there really multiple people complaining about the “Touchdown” reference? It was a 14-10 baseball game – which is highly uncommon… but 14-10 is a very common score in a football game. How on Earth do people not get that? And/or complain about it?

    • Chuck A.

      April 1, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Don, it totally reinforces my utter dismay at a lot of the human race sometimes. Sorry…not trying to be an elitist or a snob here, but the fact that ANYONE either didn’t get it and/or would complain about it simply baffles me as well. (Someone should be fired over it???!!!???)

      • wbramh

        April 1, 2014 at 11:46 am

        Yep! Aside from missing the obvious sports joke, some people sure do love seeing other people fired. I wonder what it is about people left with their careers in shambles and families hurting that gets some folks off?

    • Lefty

      April 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      There are those that would say, if you have to explain the joke, it’s a bad joke.

      In this case it’s a little bit about the joke, but mostly it’s about the “commentariat”.

      • Chuck A.

        April 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm

        Oh that “commentariat” …

  16. Brooks

    April 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Last time any Phil hit a GS on opening day?
    Who did it
    Who was it against
    Who was the Phils pitcher
    Who through out the first pitch
    Where was I?

    2010 opener
    Head (Poly)
    In left field, sweating but getting drunk nontheless – it was hot in early April that year in DC, very hot.

    I’m not sure if it was PN who organized the trip or the Green Legion or both – it was a great time.

  17. Betasigmadeltashag

    April 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Ben Revere look really good leading off I can see a 300 avg for him this year. Still don’t understand Ryan running on contact early in the game. Also Asche look good at the plate would be nice to see a break out season nice short swing. Really feel if Ryan and Chase can stay on the field the offense will be Ok. JMJ get the start tonight with Byrd as DH? Even though it is a lefty Dom still starts in right

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