Phils win opener in dramatic fashion over the Braves, 3-2. Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead generated by an Alec Bohm sac fly that Andrew McCutcheon barely snuck in. As well as a JT Realmuto single to plate Rhys Hoskins who had doubled. The Phils saw the lead dissipate when the Kung Foo Panda, Pablo Sandoval buried an Aaron Nola 0-2 pitch that chased Nola.
To his credit, Nola was in a zone and went 6 2/3 innings with 6 strikeouts and not allowing a free pass. Get a beverage, light a cigar… because you may not believe what you are about the read… the Phillies bullpen went 3 1/3 innings without allowing a run!!
Don’t get me wrong, they were far from lights out and were saved by the defense at times. Jose Alvarado, despite loading the bases, struck out the side. Hector Neris pitched a 1-2-3 ninth that was highlighted by what could be the catch of the season that Didi Gregorious pulled off.
Bad baserunning may have been the difference in this match-up. Either that or a beautiful throw from Roman Quinn who cut down Ozzie Albies on a shallow fly to center. Realmuto made a nifty catch and move to apply the tag.
With the new rules, the Pinstripes found Bryce Harper at second base to start the bottom of the 10th. Nate Jones faced Jean Segura who promptly singled to kick off a World Series type celebration. 8,529 witnessed the thriller and both teams are idle tomorrow but Zack Wheeler takes the mound with Charlie Morton pitching for Atlanta.
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