Phillies Win Opener

The new-look Philadelphia Phillies previewed what to expect in 2022. The former Philadelphia-Kansas City, now Oakland A’s, provided the final, back to normal Opening Day opposition. You get what you expected if you enter the season expecting great offense and less than great defense. Phillies win the home opener, and the fans want more.

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What Went On?

Aaron Nola got the start and was impressive for six innings. After Nola set down the A’s in a 1-2-3 first inning, Kyle Schwarber electrified the capacity of 44,232 fans with a leadoff 426-foot bomb to the right.

Schwarber is now batting .305 out of the leadoff spot. The blast marked his 18th in 122 leadoff at-bats. The Phillies only managed four leadoff home runs all of last season. Nola continued to deal. The first Philadelphia rally quickly unfurled in the 3rd.

Bryce Harper poked a single to center and attempted to stretch it further. Harper was out by ten feet but smartly avoided the tag with replay confirming. Schwarber touched home, and JT Realmuto scampered to third. Rhys Hoskins singled to right that plated Realmuto and Harper. Didi Gregorius got in on the fun with a single to score Hoskins and get the lead to 5-0.

Nola finally gave up a hit in the fourth when Chad Pinder took a mistake 386 feet to cut the score to 5-1. Matt Vierling, despite going hitless, tagged a sac fly scoring Hoskins for a 6-1 edge. Nola continued to cruise, but the A’s would figure him out in the 7th.

Aaron Brown crushed a three-run shot that got it to 6-4. A liner caromed off the glove of the heralded rookie, Bryson Stott but was ruled as a single. Stott stayed in the spotlight with his first error as a Phillies with a lousy throw scored Stephen Vogt to make it a one-run game, 6-5.

Time for More Offense

A Castellanos double plated Harper, but Castellanos was thrown out trying to make it a three-base hit. Stott achieved his first RBI with a double, scoring Jean Segura, and was promptly brought home on the second RBI from Schwarber. The bullpen closed out the 9-5 victory.

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Philly added three new names to legitimize the offense. You asked…how they do? Schwarber, Stott, and Castellanos trio were 5 for 12 with 4 RBI and three runs scored. Schwarber went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a pair of Ribbie’s. Bryce Harper only had a single hit but scored twice and knocked in one. Stott was 2 for 4 with a run scored and knocking in one. The offensive star had to be a welcome sign for Phillies fans. Rhys Hoskins went 2 for 3 with a pair knocked in and scored twice. The Phillies Win Opener in style.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.