Game 1 of the shortened 60 game season was tonight. The results were not what Phillies or their fans wanted to see. A 5-2 loss to the division rival Florida Marlins.
Aaron Nola started against Sandy Alcantara. Nola pitched five solid innings before getting roughed up in the 6th. Alcantara on the otherhand, continued to dominate the Phillies. He had a 2.81 ERA in previous starts against the Phillies. He went 6.2/3 innings giving up 1 ER and struck out 7. Nola’s final line was 5.1/3 innings with 4 runs and 7 K’s.
Joe Girardi made a questionable bull pen choice tonight. His first pitcher used out of the bullpen was Ramon Rosso. His first big league outing did not go well. Several wild pitches later, maybe the opening night was a bit much for the youngster. Joe Girardi was asked about this after the game and stated that he liked his power in the match-ups at that moment but it didn’t work out.
The offense was dead silent all night with mustering just five hits. DiDi Gregorious was the lone highlight. He went 2-3 with a single, home run, and a walk. But the rest of the lineup struggled mightily. Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, and JT Realmuto went a combined 1-10 with 4 strikeouts in the 2 thru 4 spot of the lineup. The at-bat in the 8th inning with Realmuto up at the plate with runners on 1st and 2nd and getting ahead 3-0 in the count but grounding out softly to the pitcher summed up the game.
It is a shortened season even one game can have a huge affect on the season.
Corey Seidman with an interesting thought here on how each win or loss is multiplied with the shortened season.
We are back at it tomorrow afternoon (4pm first pitch) with Zack Wheeler making his Phillies debut against Caleb Smith
Opinion: The Phillies lineup is still one of the deepest in the NL and we will score runs. Alcantara is also an All Star pitcher for a reason. What is concerning is Girardi’s choice in Rosso in a still close game. Also still a little confused on Rhys Hoskins in the 2 hole.