Aaron Nola struggles with command in the fourth, Phillies drop Opening Day game to the Rangers 11-7
The Philadelphia Phillies got off to a roaring start on Major League Baseball’s Opening Day against the Texas Rangers, only to collapse after the third inning, losing 11-7.
Well at the very least, the first three innings of yesterday’s game honestly couldn’t have gone any better. The Phillies jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to an Alec Bohm home run, a pair of triples from Trea Turner and Brandon Marsh, and a Marsh double in the top of the fourth inning.
Nick Castellanos doubled to deep right field in the top of the second inning to get 2023 rolling for the Phillies.
Alec Bohm then stepped to the plate and hammered a 2-run home run off a Jacob deGrom four-seamer to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. The Phillies third baseman, with 15-pounds of fresh muscle, finished the day 3-for-4 from the plate with three RBI and a home run.
Brandon Marsh tripled in the third inning, only to be followed by a Trea Turner triple to right field and just like that the Phillies were up 3-0.
Turner wrapped up his Phillies debut 1-for-4 with a triple, RBI, and a walk.
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We then got our first Trea Turner slide at the plate after the newest member of the Philadelphia Phillies’ starting lineup scored on a wild pitch to make the ball game 4-0.
Brandon Marsh then doubled in the top of the fourth inning to score Alec Bohm to make it 5-0.
Marsh was 2-for-4 on the day with an RBI and run scored.
Aaron Nola’s Miserable 4th Inning
Just when you thought the Phillies were on cruise control after getting six hits and five earned runs off Jacob deGrom, things fell apart for Aaron Nola in the bottom half of the inning.
Nola started the game with three hitless innings while the Phillies’ offense built a 5-0 lead against Jacob deGrom who in his career, entered the day 9-1 with a 2.12 ERA against Philadelphia.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Nola allowed five of the first six batters to reach base, highlighted by a Robbie Grossman game-tying, three-run home run off a fastball that Nola basically gifted to him right over the middle of the plate.
Nola lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing four hits and five earned runs, striking out four and walking two.
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The Rangers would score 9 runs in the fourth inning and enter the back half of the game with a 9-5 lead.
Rob Thomson then handed the ball to Gregory Soto, who didn’t even record an out in his Phillies’ debut. Soto loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a single, which was then followed by a Nathaniel Lowe RBI single on a soft hit ball in front of the plate to make the game 10-5.
Connor Brogdon then coughed up two runs in an inning’s work before Andrew Bellati and Matt Strahm closed out the day, combining to throw two innings of scoreless baseball with a walk and three strikeouts.
The Phillies would add on two more runs thanks to a Bohm single in the fifth to score Castellanos, followed by an RBI ground out by Darick Hall in the seventh to score JT Realmuto.
Of course, any time you’re up 5-0 against a pitcher like Jacob deGrom with Aaron Nola on the mound, you never want to lose that baseball game. Luckily, shit happens and it’s only game number one of 162, so the Phillies might be able to recover. We’ll just have to wait and see.
No Phillies baseball today. Next up, Zack Wheeler will take the mound on Saturday.
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