CBP Phun Phacts

Phillies are 3-7 in Citizens Bank Park openers. Wins came in 2005 (Lieber, Nationals), 2010 (Hamels, Nationals) and 2011 (Baez, Astros).

Most runs scored, 8-4 win over Nationals in 2005.

Most runs allowed, 13-5 loss to Cardinals in 2006 and 13-4 loss a year ago to Royals.

Kyle is 0-1, losing to Royals a year ago.

J-Roll: 9 games, 13 hits, .361 average, 3 doubles, 2 homers, 3 RBI. Actually was in the starting lineup for all 10 previous openers but scratched in 2010 after straining his left calf in pre-game warm-ups.

Chase: 8 games, 9 hits, .391 average, 2 doubles, 2 homers, 6 RBI. Had SF-RBI as a pinch-hitter in his first CBP opener, 2005.

Ryan: 7 games, 10 hits, .345 average, double, home run, 5 RBI. 2006 was his first opener.

Phillies starting lineup for the first regular season game 10 years ago:
Byrd, cf
Polanco, 2b
Abreu, rf
Thome, 1b
Burrell, lf
Lieberthal, c
Rollins, ss
Bell, 3b
Wolf, p

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley and Reading were rained out at home; Clearwater was idle.

Lakewood blew a 3-run lead in the ninth and a 1-run lead in the 11th at Greensboro, falling, 10-9. RF Dylan Cozens, 4-6, 3 RBI. SS J. P. Crawford, 4-6, including an 11th inning HR that gave the BlueClaws a 9-8 lead. Greensboro scored twice in the 11th after two out, single, single, balk, single, walk-off walk. Lakewood banged out 17 hits but was only 4-25 with runners in scoring position.

Anniversary Date
Following information is courtesy of Bob Warrington, a Phillies fan/historian/memorabilia guru:

“The first legal Sunday baseball game ever played in Philadelphia happened on this date in 1934. The previous November, Philadelphians voted overwhelmingly, 370,858 to 57,740, to approve a referendum permitting Sunday professional sports within the city.

“In the April 8th game, the Phillies played the Athletics at Shibe Park as part of the annual City Series, which was the culmination of Spring Training for both teams back in those days. The Phillies took the contest witnessed by 15,000 fans, 8-1.”

For those of you that can attend games at Citizens Bank Park, Bob annually contributes artifacts for display in the Cooperstown Gallery of the Hall of Fame Club.

Coming May 1
“If These Walls Could Talk,”, my new book covering 50 years with the Phillies, will be available starting May 1. Stories from the lockerooom, dugout and press box are featured in the Triumph Books publication.

Chapter 4: Ballparks, from Connie Mack Stadium to Veterans Stadium to Citizens Bank Park.

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