Cody Asche and Jimmy Rollins each made sure this year’s opening day was one for Phillies fans to remember. Credit: Getty Images
The Phillies apparently saved their offense for when it counted.
After having one of the most abysmal spring trainings in team history, the Phillies busted down the door to the 2014 season with a 14-10 win in Texas Monday afternoon.
Jimmy Rollins blasted a second-inning grand slam, his 200th career homer to give the Phillies an early lead. Surprisingly, Cliff Lee surrendered a 6-0 advantage and the Phillies trailed 7-6 after three frames.
But Chase Utley, Ben Revere and Cody Asche (three hits apiece) led an impressive performance that saw every single Phillie either score or drive in a run.
Lee lasted five innings but did not have his best stuff. He did, however, become the first opening day pitcher to allow eight or more runs and still earn a victory since 2001.
Rollins set an National League record with his 14th consecutive opening day start at shortstop.