1:05 PM ET, April 5, 2010
Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's first pitch was way high and wide.Pretty much all of Roy Halladay's were spot-on as he struck out nine in his National League debut to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 11-1 Monday.
Stark: Halladay, Polanco Shine
Roy Halladay was supposed to be the showstopper, and he was on Opening Day. The other offseason acquisition in Philly, Placido Polanco, wasn't expected to grab the attention his big debut commanded, writes Jayson Stark. Story
• Placido Polanco had three hits, including his second career grand slam, and drove in a career-high six runs to make a winner of Roy Halladay in his National League debut.
• Halladay allowed just a first-inning run to the Nationals, who entered this season having won their final seven games of 2009. Halladay went seven innings, allowing the lone run and striking out nine on 88 pitches.
• Cleanup hitter Ryan Howard hit a two-run home run as the first four batters in the Phillies lineup were a combined 8-for-18 with five runs scored, nine RBIs and five walks.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
The Phillies broke a streak of four consecutive opening day losses. ... When the Nationals scored in the first, it broke Halladay's 24-inning scoreless streak over his last three starts with the Blue Jays. ... The loss ended the Nationals' majors-best seven-game winning streak from the end of last season. ... Zimmerman, Adam Dunn and Lannan were the only three Nationals starters from their opening day lineup a year ago. ... Rodriguez made his 19th consecutive opening day start, the longest streak in the majors. He had three hits, including a pair of doubles. ... Ian Desmond, Washington's new starting shortstop, made an error on the first ball hit to him. Only an alert play by first baseman Dunn kept a run from scoring as the Nationals went 6-3-2 to record the final out of the first inning. ... The Phillies were without 1B coach Davey Lopes, whose brother died in a house fire in Rhode Island on Friday. Manuel said he expects Lopes to be back after the current six-game road trip. ... Zimmerman was awarded his Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards before the game. He and OF Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers were the only National Leaguers to win both last year. ... Howard's homer reached the first row of the middle deck. ... Polanco's second career slam came in the seventh off Jason Bergmann. ... Commissioner Bud Selig tried to put a positive spin on the disproportionate number of Phillies fans in the ballpark. "I think it's great for the sport, I really do," he said. "There's enormous interest, obviously, in Philadelphia and the fact that people travel as much as they do now. ... It's only a testament to this game's popularity."
Regular Season Series
|Philadelphia leads 12-6 (as of Mon 4/5)|
|» Mon 4/5||PHI 11, @WSH 1||Box Score|
|Wed 4/7||PHI 8, @WSH 4||Recap|
|Thu 4/8||@WSH 6, PHI 5||Recap|
|Mon 4/12||@PHI 7, WSH 4||Recap|
|Wed 4/14||@PHI 14, WSH 7||Recap|
|Thu 4/15||WSH 7, @PHI 5||Recap|
|Fri 7/30||@WSH 8, PHI 1||Recap|
|Sat 7/31||@WSH 7, PHI 5||Recap|
|Sun 8/1||PHI 6, @WSH 4||Recap|
|Fri 8/20||@PHI 1, WSH 0||Recap|
|Sat 8/21||WSH 8, @PHI 1||Recap|
|Sun 8/22||@PHI 6, WSH 0||Recap|
|Fri 9/17||@PHI 9, WSH 1||Recap|
|Sat 9/18||@PHI 5, WSH 2||Recap|
|Sun 9/19||@PHI 7, WSH 6||Recap|
|Mon 9/27||PHI 8, @WSH 0||Recap|
|Tue 9/28||@WSH 2, PHI 1||Recap|
|Wed 9/29||PHI 7, @WSH 1||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Phillies | Nationals|
|1st||R Zimmerman doubled to deep center, N Morgan scored.||0||1|
|4th||R Howard homered to right (404 feet), C Utley scored.||2||1|
|4th||S Victorino singled to left, J Werth scored, R Ibanez to second.||3||1|
|4th||R Halladay reached on infield single to pitcher, R Ibanez scored, S Victorino to third.||4||1|
|4th||P Polanco hit sacrifice fly to left, S Victorino scored.||5||1|
|6th||J Rollins tripled to deep right center, C Ruiz scored.||6||1|
|6th||P Polanco singled to left, J Rollins scored.||7||1|
|7th||P Polanco homered to left (384 feet), R Ibanez, C Ruiz and J Rollins scored.||11||1|
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|Stadium||Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.|
|Attendance||41,290 (99.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||78 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jerry Layne, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Dan Bellino|