The Phillies' home opener started out well enough, as Philadelphia took a 4-0 lead early, only to see the Royals score 13 straight runs en route to a 13-4 win. After starting out with 4 scoreless frames, Kyle Kendrick allowed 2 runs in the 5th and left the game with the bases loaded and 2 outs. All 3 of those runners scored, and the Royals added on 8 more in the last 3 frames against the bullpen. Ryan Howard had 2 hits and 2 RBI, and Domonic Brown blasted his first home run in the second inning. This week 4 HomeSiders started major league games and all were beaten. Jay Happ will make his season debut this afternoon against Boston.
In Tampa, the Rays shut out the Indians, 4-0. Michael Bourn had a single and a double for the Tribe.
Lets start our trip around the country in Buffalo, where the Bisons edged Rochester, 3-2. Anthony Gose had 2 hits and scored 2 runs, and is off to a 5 for 8 (.625) start in 2 games............In Memphis, the Redbirds and Oklahoma City split a pair. Memphis won the opener, 9-0, and Oklahoma City came back for an 8-7 win and a split. Jonathan Villar was 0 for 5 on the day, Jason Jaramillo (add him to your list) was 0 for 3 in the opener, and Josh Zeid threw a scoreless frame in the opener, striking out the side- all for the RedHawks..............In Louisville, the Bats made it 2 in a row over Toledo with a 6-4 win. Quintin Berry had 2 singles, 2 walks, 2 RBI, stole his 1st base, and scored a run for the Mud Hens, and Jason Donald was 2 for 4 (2 doubles) for Louisville................In Sacramento, Michael Taylor had 2 hits, including his 1st home run for the River Cats in their 9-3 loss to Las Vegas. Travis d'Arnaud had a hit and 3 walks, and scored 2 runs for the 51s..............In Richmond, Trevor May lost 1-0 when his team (New Britain) was no-hit by the Flying Squirrels. May went 5, and allowed a run on 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 4........In Springdale, D'Arby Myers had 2 hits, an RBI and scored 2 runs for Midland in the Rock Hounds' 10-3 win over the Naturals............In Pensacola, Travis Mattair was 0 for 3 in the Blue Wahoos' 8-2 loss to the Smokies...........In Corpus Christi, the Hooks and Domingo Santana (0 for 4) were held to just 1 hit in their 2-0 loss to Springfield.
In Manchester, the Fightin' Phils got their first win of the year, behind a very strong effort from Jesse Biddle. Jesse threw 6 solid frames, yielding just 1 run on 2 hits and a walk, striking out 6. Jay Johnson and Hector Neris finished it off, with Neris notching 5 Ks in 2 innings. Anthony Hewitt had 2 doubles and a walk, scored a run and knocked in 3, Cameron Rupp and Tyler Hensen had 3 hits each, and Jim Murphy chipped in with 2 hits in Reading's 6-1 win. Sebastian Valle and Derrick Mitchell each got their first hit of the season..............In Clearwater, the Threshers dropped their home opener, 2-0 in 10 innings to Dunedin, getting just 3 hits in the process. Kyrell Hudson and Aaron Altherr (double) had a hit each for the Threshers, and Altherr also picked up an assist, throwing a runner out at second. Colby Shreve threw 2 scoreless innings (2 walks, 2 Ks) and Colton Murray recorded the final 2 outs........In Allentown, the Syracuse Chiefs pounded Jonathan Pettibone and the IronPigs, 11-0. "Bone" allowed 8 runs, 6 earned, on 8 hits and 3 walks in just 5.1 innings. Justin De Fratus threw a 1-2-3 inning in relief. Lehigh Valley managed just 4 hits, Darin Ruf and Leandro Castro getting 1 each.
In Lakewood, the BlueClaws have dropped their first 2 games. Chace Numata had 3 hits Friday, Roman Quinn added 2 more and Mitch Walding has played well, going 3 for 5 and knocking in 2 runs. Another guy who has made an impression on me is Art Charles, who has made about 4 great plays at first base in 2 games!