Indians Beat Phils at Citizens BANG Park

All of the speculation about whether Citizens Bank Park would be ready for baseball was answered. With just finishing touches remaining on the stadium, the Phillies lost the first exhibition game played there, falling to Cleveland 6-5. It looks like the park may be friendly to homerun hitters if the first game is any indication.

Jim Thome seems to have a knack for the dramatic. In his first at bat in Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies homerun hitter launched a pitch from Jeff D'Amico into the second deck in right field, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The lead didn't hold up though, as the Cleveland Indians came back to beat the Phillies 6-5 in the penultimate exhibition game of the spring.

Jim Thome homers in his first at bat in Citizens Bank Park.
Vicente Padilla started for the Phillies and easily retired the first eight hitters before walking D'Amico. The following inning, Padilla surrendered a two-run homerun to left field to Casey Blake that put the Indians up 2-1.

Ryan Madson, who has won the final spot in the Phillies bullpen, came on to surrender three runs in the fifth inning as the Indians expanded their lead to 5-1.

Pat Burrell led a Phillies comeback in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run homerun as the Phillies scored four times to tie the game.

Rheal Cormier came on to pitch the seventh and faced non-roster player Chris Clapinski to lead off the inning. Clapinski, fighting for a spot on the Indians bench, quickly jumped on a Cormier pitch and sent the fourth ball of the day flying out of the park and gave Cleveland a 6-5 lead. Three Indians relievers retired the Phillies on just one hit over the final three innings to preserve the win.

The game was the first of a two-game exhibition series between the two teams and attracted a sellout crowd of 41,889.

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