Rollins The Only Highlight of Ugly Loss

The game was as dreary as the weather. The Phillies opener went down as an ugly 13-5 loss to the Cardinals, but the good news came in the eighth inning, when Jimmy Rollins extended his hitting streak to 37 games.

Throughout his 37 game hitting streak, Jimmy Rollins has generally extended the streak in his first or second at bat. In the season opener, it wasn't extended until his final at bat when he lined a double down the right field line.

Rollins' hit was one of 14 pounded out by the Phillies, but unfortunately, Phillies' pitchers gave up 17 hits that resulted in 13 Cardinals' runs as St. Louis beat the Phillies 13-5. Jon Lieber (0-1) was shelled for eight earned runs in 3 1/3 innings to suffer the loss and continue the string of rough outings that he had at the end of spring training.

If the loss wasn't enough, the fact that former Phillie Scott Rolen contributed a grand slam homerun and had three hits on the day was a dagger in the heart of the Phillies. Albert Pujols hit two homeruns as part of the Cardinals' onslaught.

The bullpen gave up three earned runs over 5 2/3 innings of work and two other unearned runs that were the result of a throwing error on Aaron Fultz. Julio Santana pitched just 2/3 of an inning and surrendered the grand slam to Rolen in the fourth.

Pat Burrell and Ryan Howard each homered for the Phillies and Chase Utley contributed three hits on the day. Utley became the first victim of the longer, higher left field fence when he banged a shot off the new plexiglass extension on the left field fence. Last season, the ball would have landed in the flowers for a homerun, but with the revamped dimensions, it went for a double.

After an off-day on Tuesday, the two teams meet again Wednesday night with Mark Mulder going against Brett Myers.

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