‘Doc’ Does It By the Numbers

6 Apr

And that, my friends, is how it’s done.  Welcome to your new Phillies season:  great pitching, small ball and a dominating closer.  Just how Ruben and Charlie wrote it up, right?  Let’s see, Roy Halladay got his first win of the season, Jonathan Papelbon his first save and the Phillies win their first game.  That’s a lot of firsts but there were also some other numbers worth a second look.

3     Number of hits by Phils catcher Carlos “Chooch” Ruiz.  He went 3-3 and then hit the sacrifice fly that scored the game’s only run.  Even in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, you could hear the chants of “Chooooooch” fill the air.

10      It was Roy Halladay’s 10th straight start toeing the rubber for his team’s first game of the season making him the active leader (and fourth on the all-time list) for Opening Day starts.

2      Hits given up by the ‘Doc,’ both in the first inning.  He went on to throw eight strong innings of shut-out ball earning his first win of the new season.

220   Career saves thrown by new closer Jonathan Papelbon.  219 of those were with the Boston Red Sox but he earned his first save as a Phillie with a 1-2-3 ninth against the Pirates.

8       Number of sports bars we called in South Beach before we found:  Game’s On, a great little bar in the Clevelander hotel where helpful bartender Dan worked some satellite magic to find us the game.  Oh yeah, he also served up some mighty fine wings!

4      Only half of the regulars in yesterday’s lineup started for the Phillies in last year’s opener.  Hunter Pence, John Mayberry, Ty Wigginton and Freddy Galvis were all new additions to  the Opening Day lineup.

0      The number of other fans sitting in the dark bar with us on a gorgeous afternoon in South Beach.

1  1/2 days left of our vacation and since the Phillies still have

161 games left to play, and my internet connection is extremely spotty, I’m about to wrap this one up.

Baseball’s back, baby!

4 Responses to “‘Doc’ Does It By the Numbers”

  1. Lea Dickler April 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    You have such a gift for words. You should be on TV reporting and interviewing the players!!!

  2. Ray April 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Now that is how to be a fan. In the Keys, and still watching the opening days game on TV !!!!!

    1 game down, one game at a time 🙂

    Hope the trip was wonderful.

  3. girlsbestphriend April 8, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    It really was a nice break! Not sure it was quite as exotic as your cruise but we had a great time. I love the Keys. I realize I never sent you a link to my Yahoo stuff but I will!

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