It took 24 hours longer than expected, but the Phillies home opener is finally here.
With the Brewers in town for a trio of games, the first pitting Kyle Kendrick against former Phillie Kyle Lohse.
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Lohse, who played in Philadelphia in 2007, has a career 2.98 ERA against his old club. Kendrick is coming off an impressive start Wednesday in Texas, allowing one run in seven innings.
The Phillies offense and bullpen will be the key factors in this one however, with the red-hot offense a little cooler after a 8-3 loss in Chicago Sunday.
“I think we’re pitching pretty good right now, scoring some runs, scoring enough,” Kendrick told the Phillies website. “The first day in Chicago we scored seven. That should be plenty. So hopefully we can keep it going.
Milwaukee got off to a 4-2 start with Aramis Ramirez red hot, collecting 11 hits in his first 25 at bats.
Here is the slate of opening day festivities as provided by the Phillies:
7:00 a.m.—Majestic Clubhouse Store opens. Hot off the press: Issue 1 of the 2014 Phillies Magazine featuring new Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg.
1:00 p.m. —Citizens Bank Way Opening Day Party! Features entertainment, food and drinks. Free to all fans. Plus, live performance by Go Go Gadjet.
1:13 p.m. —Phillies batting practice.
1:35 p.m. —All gates open. All fans will receive a Citizens Bank Park Commemorative Banner, compliments of Modell’s Sporting Goods.
2:00 p.m.— Special guests take the stage on Citizens Bank Way!
2:13 p.m. —Brewers batting practice.
3:13 p.m. —Line up on 10th Street! Fans who have not yet entered the ballpark gates are invited to line up on 10th Street and cheer on the 2014 Phillies as they make their “Leadoff Walk” into the ballpark – escorted by the Cardinal O’Hara High School Marching Band.
3:22 p.m. —Fans inside the ballpark are urged to be in their seats for a must-see pregame ceremony! The 2014 Phillies will make their grand entrance into Citizens Bank Park from a 10th Street Leadoff Walk. Providing the music as the players walk the red carpet will be the Fralinger String Band.
3:34 p.m. —“Philadelphia Pride” and “America the Beautiful” will be sung by the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men’s Chorale, as representatives from all of the Armed Forces including the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard unfurl a large American flag. State flags will be carried onto the field by Philadelphia Police and Fire Department personnel.
3:40 p.m.— Introductions … Brewers
3:44 p.m. —Introductions … Phillies
3:50 p.m. —National Anthem: Performed by Jacquie Lee, the Colt’s Neck, NJ native who was runner up on the top-rated NBC show The Voice.
3:53 p.m. —The United States Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, will parachute onto the field delivering the first balls.
4:00 p.m. —The first ball: Thrown by a representative from Modell’s Sporting Goods, along with a surprise Phillies alumnus.
4:07 p.m. —Play Ball!
5th Inning— Be on the lookout…the Phanatic and phriends perform a live rendition of the “What’s The Phanatic Say” music video.