|2017 Topps #222|
Game 1 - Monday Afternoon, April 3rd in Cincinnati
Record - 1-0, Tied for 1st place, 1 game ahead of the Braves and Marlins
One Sentence Summary: The offense contributed seven extra-base hits as Jeremy Hellickson pitched five solid innings on the way to a 4-3 opening day win over the Reds.
What It Means: Game 1 of the 2017 World Series will be on October 24th. You may want to mark your calendars, Phillies fans.
What Happened: Cesar Hernandez became the first Phillies lead-off hitter to start the season with a home run since Heinie Mueller did it in 1938. Freddy Galvis added a solo home run in the second. In what would prove to be a key insurance run, Hellickson tripled home Galvis in the sixth.
Hellickson allowed a run on six hits in five innings of work. Jeanmar Gomez continued his 2016 struggles by allowing a two-run home run to Scooter Gennett, but he eventually locked down his first save of the season.
Featured Card: Hernandez gets the nod for starting the season off with a bang. This is his 2017 Topps card from Series 1. In case you're wondering, I've posted the two Mueller cards I have in my collection in posts from prior years.
Phillies Debuts: Four players made their Phillies debuts in this game.
- Howie Kendrick (lf) - Kendrick batted second and enjoyed a great debut for the Phils, going 3 for 5 with a double.
- Michael Saunders (rf) - Saunders contributed in his debut with an RBI-double in the first.
- Joaquin Benoit (rhp) - Benoit pitched a scoreless sixth inning, stranding an inherited runner from Hellickson and striking out two.
- Brock Stassi (ph) - The new fan favorite pinch-hit for Edubray Ramos in the eighth and drew a walk in his first big league plate appearance.