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."

There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian


There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian

Carlos Ruiz has been traded to the Dodgers and it is sad.

Not in the sense that it's a move that remotely affects anything about the current state of the Phillies. It's sad simply because Chooch -- lovable and awesome and wonderful Chooch -- is no longer a Phillie.

Chooch will be remembered for catching Roy Halladay's perfect game and no hitter and that little dribbler down the line in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series. And, of course, dropping to his knees in celebration with Brad Lidge making them World Effin Champions.

But mostly he'll just be missed. What a guy to have aroud for so long.

Roy knows how hard it is not to have him around. I guess Chase won't need his any longer since the two will be reunined with one last chance of glory in L.A.

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Jimmy Rollins. Then Chase Utley. Now Carlos Ruiz.

Thursday closed another chapter of the Phillies' golden era.

Ruiz, the Phillies' catcher since 2006, has been traded to the Dodgers (along with cash) for catcher A.J. Ellis, right-hander Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.

Rollins was dealt to the Dodgers in December 2014. Utley, still with Los Angeles, was traded to the Dodgers in August 2015.

Ryan Howard is now the lone leftover from the Phillies' 2008 world champion club.

In 11 big-league seasons — all with the Phillies — Ruiz has hit .266 with a .352 on-base percentage and has been lauded for his game-calling abilities. This season, the 37-year-old is batting .261 with a .368 OBP, three home runs and 12 RBIs in a reserve role.

"I met Chooch in 2009 for the first time and immediately sensed that he was a special player," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "But more importantly, over the years I grew to know that he is a special person. I'll miss him."

Ruiz caught Cole Hamels' no-hitter in July of last season, marking the catcher's fourth no-no behind the plate, tying him for most in MLB history with Jason Varitek.

"He’s a tremendous catcher and it just shows," Hamels said after no-hitting the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 25. "If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be catching this many no-hitter, perfect games. All of us have been fortunate enough to have him."

The Panama native, beloved and known by the Delaware Valley as "Chooch," quickly became a fan favorite. He was the staple behind home plate of the team's five-year run from 2007-11, in which it won five National League East titles, two NL pennants and, of course, the World Series championship in 2008.

"They are my favorite fans in the world," Ruiz said in February, "and we have some good memories together."

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

HBO's Last Week Tonight

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

Charter schools. They're complicated!

After watching John Oliver's segment on them over the weekend, you'd agree there is plenty of nuance involved in the charter school debate. But also that some of them are dirty as all get out. An underground nightclub at a SCHOOL? Jeez. That can't be okay anywhere.

It's a solid segment. But it also took a couple of unneeded digs at the city of Philadelphia, its cuisine, and its sports fans.

That irked the Mayor of Philadelphia and he fought back today on Twitter.

"Agree on charter oversight but English soccer fan who eats fish from newsprint can't judge Eagles fans, cheesesteaks," Jim Kenney tweeted.

Take that you fish-eating Brit!

You can also watch the entire John Oliver segment from Last Week Tonight below.