Marlins Spoil Phillies Home Opener as Phils Fall to 1-3 On Season

Marlins Spoil Phillies Home Opener as Phils Fall to 1-3 On Season

"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."

Emmanuel Acho and Joe Banner have hilarious Twitter exchange about his awful trade

Emmanuel Acho and Joe Banner have hilarious Twitter exchange about his awful trade

You probably remember Emmanuel Acho more for his Twitter exploits than for anything he ever did on a football field. That was the case once again over the weekend when another former Eagle had a huge game for the Patriots in their win over the Houston Texans in the AFC playoffs.

Oh, and former Philadelphia Eagles decision maker Joe Banner was also involved.

All of it started because Dion Lewis, a one-time Eagles running back drafted in the 5th round in 2011, scored three TDs in a variety of ways on the Patriots way to another AFC title game.

The joke here is that Banner -- then with the Browns -- was on the winning end of the Lewis-for-Acho trade and was himself eventually fired from his job in Cleveland. But hey, at least Acho got out of that awful city.

Lewis has battled injury for much of his career and hasn't exactly been the second coming of LeSean McCoy but he's yet another case of the Bill Belichick Patriots finding a player who had floundered with other teams only to flourish in big moments in New England.

And Joe Banner may have seen that potential early on.

Nigel Bradham's trial date for battery charge moved to April

Nigel Bradham's trial date for battery charge moved to April

Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was originally scheduled to be in court at 9:30 a.m. in Miami on Tuesday for the beginning of his trial on a felony battery charge. 

Now, that trial won't be until April. 

A motion for continuance was filed and the new trial date is set for April 10, according to the Miami-Dade State State Attorney's Office. Eagles OTAs will begin in May. 

The felony charge stems from a July 25 incident in Miami, when the 6-foot-2, 241-pound Bradham allegedly assaulted a hotel employee. The altercation reportedly arose from the length of time it took 50-year-old hotel employee Jean Courois to bring Bradham's group their beach umbrella. 

Bradham pleaded not guilty and has said he "most definitely" expects his name to be cleared from this incident.

This was the first of two arrests for Bradham since July. He was arrested coming home from Miami from the bye week after he tried to pass through airport security with a loaded gun in his backpack. 

After the second arrest, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz famously said, "You do dumbass things, pretty soon, you’re going to be labeled as a dumbass." 

Bradham, 27, signed a two-year deal to join the Eagles last offseason and proved to be a good investment on the field. He played 97 percent of the defense's snaps and played at a high level as the team's starting SAM linebacker. He will have a base salary of $3.5 million this year, with a cap hit of $4.25 million.