OK, come on, you can’t win ’em all. Like that positive spin?
Actually there were some positive signs for the Phillies even in a 7-5 Opening Day loss to the Atlanta Braves. For a team that struggled to score runs much of last year (just ask Cliff Lee!) five runs seems like a landslide. And if you spot Cole Hamels those 5 runs, it would be a good bet ( you can take the girl out of Vegas but…) that the Phils would win 9 out of 10 of those games.
Well, last night was that one in ten.
But the most positive sign for the Phillies was certainly Chase Utley. The man who hasn’t played on Opening Day since 2010 looked like a little kid on the first day of Little League. But he played like Chase “the man” Utley, like the Chase of old, the guy we thought we might never see again.
Yes, it was just one game but Utley had 3 hits, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. He had a home run, his 200th, a single and a triple where he motored around second looking like anything but a guy with chronically injured knees.
In fact, the Phillies had 10 hits in all, the same number as the Braves. Unfortunately for the boys in red and Cole Hamels, 3 of the Braves 10 hits were home runs hit off the Phils left-hander making the first Opening Day start of his career.
The Phils lost.
Chase was the man,
Cole was not.
161 more to go.