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Lucky 7 in Phils Opener but for the wrong Ryan

It's Outta here!!!...It's Outta here!!!...It's Outta here!!!...A familiar ring it was.  However, this was not the memory of Harry Ks Sept 3, 2006 call of Ryan
Howard's 3 HR game at Citizen Bank Park.  It was the Brew Crew's former MVP Ryan Braun's turn to shine by knocking in a career-high 7 RBIs and putting the game
out of reach in the 8th with a second 3-run blast of the afternoon.  This makes the Phils 3rd consecutive home opener loss and neither of the previous 2 have
been close (2013 a 13-4 loss to KC and 2012 a 6-2 loss to Mia).  Coincidentally last year's blowout was lost by Kyle Kendrick as well.  Doubtful he will be given
that assignment again.  In this case I think 2 strikes and you're out. 

There were a number of key offensive opportunities that could've meant a different result had a key hit been delivered.  Even though the Phils went 3-7 with RISP
in the game, we missed some great chances to blow the game out ourselves early.  After taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, Cesar Hernandez came
to the plate with the bases loaded but went down on strikes.  In the second, Carlos Ruiz lined out with 2 on and 2 out.  Naturally, Milwaukee took full advantage
following those narrow escapes by putting up a 4 spot immediately the next inning.   Oh, if I had a dollar for every time that happens for the other side.  Ben
Revere and Jimmy Rollins each had multiple hit games at the top of the lineup which was encouraging, but the bigger guys just didn't get it done.  Maybe they should have gotten the flu instead of our man Chase.

The pen has been reliable recently but Reliever Brad Lincoln didn't do much to impress in his 2 innings, giving up 4 hits (including the 3rd of Braun's dingers),
and 3 runs.  He has given up the only earned runs by the bullpen the last 4 games.  I'd rather not see him in a key spot again too soon...sit him down Ryno.  I'm
interested in how the back half fares the remainder of the series.  Milwaukee has a number of solid bats in that lineup.  It should be a sign of what can be
expected as the season moves on and who will be the go-to guys to keep the Phils in games.

Tonight in the home night game opener – we face Matt Garza who the Phillies do NOT hit well in recent time – and we are sending Roberto Hernandez.  Hernandez will have to keep this close early and hope we can tire out Garza and get into their bullpen.  We here at Davey and The Statman are looking for Hernandez to build on his last outing – which had some good spots including striking out 5 through 5 1/3.  Hoping we get Utley back from whatever plague he had – to get some more stick in the lineup.  That should help when he is ready

This is one of the best parts of spring and summer – when you can plan to wrap up the day and sit back at 7pm and get ready to watch our Phillies