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Omar Infante hits two homers, leads the Marlins over the Phillies

Apr 9, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

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The Phillies are now 1-3 and have scored eight total runs. That’s mildly alarming. Almost as alarming as Omar Infante going yard twice and, heck, Austin Kearns doing it even once. But that’s what happened today as the Marlins beat the Phillies 6-2 in the Philadelphia home opener.

Infante went deep on Cole Hamels in the fifth and on reliever Joe Savery in the seventh.  Kearns hit a bomb off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth as the Phillies’ closer got some work in in a non-save situation. Gabby Sanchez added two hits and two RBI of his own.

Ozzie Guillen likely created more headlines for tomorrow when, following the game, he professed his love and respect for Józef Chlopicki, Polish dictator from December 5, 1830 through January 17, 1831.  At this point I think Ozzie is just messing with us.

Anyway, while Hamels’ outing was decidedly “meh,” (5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 9K), it was the Phillies bats that once again were the story. They mustered only six hits and a single walk against Anibal Sanchez and three Miami relievers.

  1. bigxrob - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    1. Too bad they couldn’t get Papelbon soem work yesterday.
    2. Josh Johnson up next, Halladay may need to give up -1 run to have a chance.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Hamels is not pitching like an ace this year. I am not sure that he will earn a huge contract.

  3. crispybasil - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    I propose a the darkest of alliances between Red Sox and Phillies fans. With our combined hysteria, we will plunge the world into an epidemic over-reaction from which it will never – NEVER – return.

    • bigxrob - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      The hysteria on the Phillies chat today during the game was unbearable.

    • spindervish - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      I think Red Sox and Phillies fans have legitimate reasons to be concerned…unlike, say, Yankees fans.

      • bigxrob - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        Concern, Yes.
        Declaring the season over, no.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      This yankee fan feels ashamed we’re being left out of the picture.

      • yankeesfanlen - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        I’m not left out, just waiting for our 159-3 season.

  4. ajcardsfan - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    I need 2 things from the phillies
    1)Cole Hamels needs to be awesome
    2)Chase Utley needs to get better
    If they do those two things, I promise I won’t ridicule them for any really bad games they may have

  5. koufaxmitzvah - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Quit picking on Chlopicki!

  6. - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    There are so many trends in this early season I want to continue for entertainment purposes. But, I’ve watched enough baseball to not get too excited about anything till July.

  7. marshmallowsnake - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    What? No baiting the Phillie fans like you did Red Sox fans this morning with the title?

  8. Old Gator - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Okay, Feelies fans. Put down your half-eaten horrible horsemeat and Velveeta™ sandwiches – you don’t have the appetite to finish them anyway this evening – and repeat after me:


    It’s early. The Feelies always start slowly. History repeats itself. The universe is circular. Relax.

    As for the Feesh, be advised that, if you weren’t paying attention, Austin Kearns had a terrific spring – subsisting on the blood of street waifs, for all we know – and his home run was not a surprise. If he flames out during the course of the season, so be it, but he earned his way back and looks like he’ll be a bench stalwart this year.

    Omar Infante, Emilio Bonifacio and Jose Reyes are off to pretty solid starts. But as I have been worrying since midway through spring training, as it became apparent that the Feesh notochord trust was going to squat on its laurels, the only significant get-on-base guy they brought in this weenter was Reyes, and he’s a get-on-base guy. After an atrocious RISP record last season, they didn’t go out and get any bona fide ribby augmentation. With the Iron Giant down with the same bum knee that’s been plaguing him all spring and the Hanster merely muddling along, and John Buck occupying the friction layer at the bottom of Rio Mendoza (where I expect him to spend a lot of time this season), this is likely to be a problem – especially if the Iron Giant needs any serious time of for repair of that wonky joint.

    Anibal Sanchez, who the Feesh seemed to want to make feel all but unwelcome this spring for reasons best known only to themselves, pitched a fine game and you have to give him credit. Moreover, if Slobbering Ozzie eventually has to fall on a sword over his imbecilic comments to Time, who’s going to take his place who seriously believes he can keep Krazy Karlos Lamebraino focused and effective? In such a prunesday scenario, they’re going to need little Anibal to step up and they’re going to have to treat him like the valuable commodity that he really is.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:29 PM


  9. spudchukar - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    In other news, Ozzie was quoted as saying he enjoyed bear hunting with ex-Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu.

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      Which is fine. I just don’t want to find out that he was the one who handed Sarah Palin off to Glen Rice.

  10. Utley's Hair - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Meh…it’s the fourth game of a 162-game season. While it would’ve been mighty nice to go 162-0, 161-1 or 160-2—all of which might’ve been some kind of record or something—the odds of that happening were somewhat less than 50-50, wasn’t it?

  11. natsattack - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Ozzie used to love the the Libyan and Eygeptian dictators, too!

  12. natsattack - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    And dont forget Stalin!

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