Game 1 - Thursday Afternoon, March 29th in Atlanta
Record - 0-1, Tied for 4th place, 1 game behind the Braves and Mets
One Sentence Summary: Aaron Nola was inexplicably removed from this game in the sixth inning, the bullpen couldn't hold a five run lead, and Nick Markakis hit a walk-off home run off Hector Neris in this devastating 8-5 loss.
What It Means: I struggled with the right word to use in the sentence above, and "devastating" may be over-reacting in game one, but man this loss stunk.
What Happened: Having thrown 68 pitches, and absolutely cruising, Nola was removed by new manager Gabe Kapler with the Phillies up 5-0. Five relievers later, and three Braves home runs later, the Phillies were in the loss column.
Cesar Hernandez hit a home run (1) in his second opening day in a row. Rhys Hoskins had a pair of doubles and Andrew Knapp had a two-run single in the sixth. The actual opening day line-up was not without controversy as Odubel Herrera and Jorge Alfaro were benched in favor of Aaron Altherr and Knapp.
|1995 Leaf #359|
Featured Card: Nola should have pitched deeper into this game and he should have received the win. Appropriately enough, this is his recently released Topps Opening Day card.
Transactions: The Phillies broke camp with 30 players on their active roster, and they needed to trim that number by five prior to Thursday's opener. As expected, Jerad Eickhoff (back), Tommy Hunter (hamstring) and Mark Leiter, Jr. (forearm) were all placed on the disabled list. Jake Arrieta was optioned to High-A Clearwater where he'll get ready for his first start in Philadelphia on April 8th. I honestly don't know what happened to Will Middlebrooks. The third baseman broke his leg in early spring action, and unless I missed it, the Phillies never made an official roster move to reassign him to minor league camp or place him on a minor league disabled list.
And One More Thing: 9 years ago tonight, at 9:38 PM, I published my first post on this blog. It's been a fun 9 years, and I'm excited to keep going.