Phillies drop home opener

The Philadelphia Phillies fell behind early against San Diego, but used runs in innings four through six to even the score at three.  Then a bizarre play came next.  With bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning, the Padres sent in Brad Hand to go up against Darin Ruff, who is a dismal 2 for 10 against Hand.   Hand forced Ruff to pop up into shallow left.

“Well, I said I was going to do it and I did it,” Phillies Manager Pete Mackanin said after a 4-3 Phillies loss to San Diego. “I thought it was the perfect time to do it, blow the game wide open.”

Ruff jerked at the first pitch and what should have been a routine out in left.  Padres left fielder never saw it off the bat which made shortstop Alexei Ramirez back peddle into left field.  Meanwhile, the Umpire signaled an infield fly but then Ramirez made an extra-ordinary movement, turning his back to home plate as the ball thudded in front of him.

The Padres closed it out in the seventh inning when rookie Alexei Amarista bunted with runners on first and third, sending in the go-ahead run.

“Alexi Amarista, that was great execution on his part,” said Padres manager Andy Green. “That’s not the easiest thing in the world to do — bunt a curveball that’s down. He got a great bunt down there.”

The Phillies will have their opportunity at redemption as they face the Padres in game two of a scheduled four game series.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Philadelphia Phillies!