"The bottom line is we got work to do. We've gotta get better. We're gonna do that," Charlie Manuel said after the Phillies dropped their home opener 6-2 to the Miami Marlins.
The lone scoring play came off the bat of youngster Freddy Galvis who had been 0-12 in his big league career before notching his first hit in the majors, a 2-RBI double in the seventh that pulled the Phillies to within three runs.
Charlie Manuel was asked following the game if he thought about pinch hitting for the rookie going through some early struggles in that situation.
"Did I think about it? Yeah. At the same time I wanted to show him I have confidence in him."
"I like Freddy, I like Freddy a lot. He's gonna be a good ball player."
Galvis also showed his value yet again in the field, making a couple of real nice defensive plays and also turning a handful of clean double plays with Jimmy Rollins.
Cole Hamels had solid stuff, but the Marlins made him work all afternoon. Cole finished the day after 5.1 innings, having given up 4 runs, 3 of them earned on 8 hits, including a home run, but he also struck out 9 batters.
The Marlins beat the Phils by getting one run in six different innings. The Phillies on the other hand put up goose eggs in all but one frame.
It's easy to get discouraged after the slow start, but Charlie Manuel wasn't overreacting following the loss, pointing out that he believes he's got a clubhouse full of pros who know they've got a job to do.
"I've got faith in my hitters," Manuel said. "The bottom line is we've got to hit better."
If they don't, there are going to be plenty of lackluster games at CBP this season.
Are you panicking or do you subscribe to Manuel's patient approach?
Notes: The Phillies are two games below .500 for the first time since April 23, 2009 when they were 6-8.
Hamels is not good in his season opening starts. Over his last six season-opening starts Cole is 1-4 with a 5.97 ERA and the Phils are 1-5 in those games. They've also been outscored 31-16 in those contests.
Ryan Howard was at the ballpark and took grounders before the game. Charlie joked about it afterwards, "It was good to see him. Couldn't put him in the lineup."