Philadelphia opened the gates at Citizens Bank Stadium for fans to enjoy interaction with the hometown ball club last night. Cliff Lee was driving a ten to depends-how-drunk-you-are passenger golf cart to pick up fans in the parking lots, manager Charlie Manuel was looking confused as hell as he signed autographs from a ticket window, and when the baseball got started the Phils new look lineup delivered.
New leadoff hitter Juan Pierre was ripping around the basepaths as the Bucs quickly found themselves down three runs. But Joe Blanton’s no-no was busted up in the fourth on a Jose Tabata blooper and Neil Walker plated the Bucs first run with a very nice piece of hitting. (Blanton’s change-up was ridiculous last night.)
Garrett Jones then plated Walker who had moved to second as the ball scooted away on the play at the plate. Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer in the sixth inning off Pat Misch for the Bucs other run.
The bullpen was the story of the night as the Bucs used seven pitchers. Closer Joel Hanrahan was the only to not allow a hit. (Although Ty Wigginton flew out to the warning track) Hanrahan added another strikeout to his impressive spring numbers whiffing Hunter Pence.
After the game skipper Clint Hurdle said he’s not sure if they are going to go with the extra arm or the extra bat. What do you think the Bucs should do? Vote in the poll we have up now.