(1-0, 1-0 away)
(0-1, 0-1 home)
4:05 PM ET, March 31, 2003
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida
MIAMI (AP) -- It didn't take long for the Philadelphia Phillies' offseason spending spree to start paying off.
He struck out in his first at-bat as a Marlin. He homered in his last at-bat of the day. In between, Pudge Rodriguez flied out to center, committed a passed ball that led to a Phillies' run and helped attract 37,137 people to Opening Day.
But after his first game in Miami, the biggest Pudge news was the suggestion by Florida starting pitcher Josh Beckett that he and his new catcher never got on the same wavelength.
After allowing seven runs (just two earned) in 2 2/3 innings, Beckett said he couldn't figure out how he wound up throwing 50 percent breaking balls.
"It's mind-boggling," he told the media horde around his locker, "how it got like that. . . . That's not how I pitch."
Beckett tried to accept his share of the blame, saying he only shook off Rodriguez "two or three times" and that, in retrospect, he should have shaken him off more. But Pudge appeared notably tense in answering questions about pitch selection -- which was always an issue when he was in Texas.
"He kept getting behind," Rodriguez said. "That's why he got into trouble. . . . But we didn't lose because I called too many breaking balls or offspeed pitches or fastballs. We lost the game because of the errors we made."
And he's right. But this is a story to keep your eye on as the Marlins' season unfolds.
LHP Tommy Phelps, who has been in professional baseball since 1993, made his major league debut in the third in relief of Beckett. He pitched one-third of an inning and gave up a hit and a walk. ... Millwood went 0-3 with a 7.65 ERA against the Marlins last year. ... The Phillies improved to 8-21 in openers since 1975, with two wins against Florida.
Regular Season Series
|Florida leads 13-6 (as of Mon 3/31)|
|» Mon 3/31||PHI 8, @FLA 5||Box Score|
|Wed 4/2||PHI 8, @FLA 2||Recap|
|Thu 4/3||@FLA 8, PHI 3||Recap|
|Mon 4/14||@PHI 5, FLA 2||Recap|
|Tue 4/15||@PHI 4, FLA 3||Recap|
|Wed 4/16||FLA 3, @PHI 1||Recap|
|Thu 4/17||FLA 7, @PHI 3||Recap|
|Fri 7/4||FLA 2, @PHI 1||Recap|
|Sat 7/5||FLA 5, @PHI 4||Recap|
|Sun 7/6||FLA 6, @PHI 3||Recap|
|Fri 7/25||@FLA 11, PHI 5||Recap|
|Sat 7/26||@FLA 10, PHI 5||Recap|
|Sun 7/27||@FLA 7, PHI 6||Recap|
|Tue 9/16||@PHI 14, FLA 0||Recap|
|Wed 9/17||FLA 11, @PHI 4||Recap|
|Thu 9/18||@PHI 5, FLA 4||Recap|
|Tue 9/23||@FLA 5, PHI 4||Recap|
|Wed 9/24||@FLA 6, PHI 5||Recap|
|Thu 9/25||@FLA 8, PHI 4||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Phillies|
|1st||J Thome doubled to deep right center, B Abreu scored.||1||0|
|2nd||M Byrd singled to shallow center, D Bell scored, M Lieberthal to second.||2||0|
|3rd||M Lieberthal singled to left, J Thome scored, D Bell to third.||3||0|
|3rd||K Millwood walked, D Bell scored, M Lieberthal to third, M Byrd to second.||4||0|
|3rd||J Rollins safe at second on error by second baseman L Castillo, M Lieberthal and M Byrd scored, K Millwood to third.||4||0|
|3rd||B Abreu reached on infield single to second, K Millwood scored, J Rollins to third, P Polanco to second.||5||0|
|4th||D Bell scored, M Lieberthal to third on passed ball by I Rodriguez.||6||0|
|FLA||6th||I Rodriguez homered to left center, J Pierre scored.||6||2|
|FLA||7th||T Hollandsworth reached on infield single to third, M Lowell scored, T Hollandsworth to second on throwing error by third baseman D Bell.||6||2|
|FLA||8th||B Banks tripled to right center, L Castillo scored.||6||3|
|FLA||8th||D Lee grounded out to shortstop, B Banks scored.||6||4|
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|Stadium||Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL|
|Attendance||37,137 (96.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||65 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Dana Demuth, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|