On Saturday night in Philadelphia, the baseball contest at Citizens Bank Park was just about over before it started.
After Aaron Nola pitched himself out of a bases-loaded first-inning jam, the offense secured the young hurler’s first win of the season. In the Phillies’ first 4 games of the season, the lineup scored a total of 13 runs. They scored 12 in the bottom of the first inning tonight. Jeremy Guthrie was the starting pitcher for Washington, and he did not make it through the inning–allowing 10 earned runs in two-thirds of the frame.
Enny Romero relieved the 38-year-old and allowed 2 more runs. The 12 runs allowed between the two combined for the most scored by the Phillies in the first inning in the team’s history.
The second inning was not as exciting for the Phillies as the first, but it was productive nonetheless. Aaron Nola struck out the side in the top of the frame. He singled in the bottom, and after two fielding errors he crossed the plate and gave himself some run support to make it 13-0.
The third inning brought more of the same for Nola. He struck out the side for the second inning in a row, which was a fantastic sign for those who thought his spring training form would translate to the first outing of his 2017 season. Former Phillie Joe Blanton sat the red-hot Phightins down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the 3rd–a strange sight for those who watched him for the Dodgers last postseason.
Through the 5th innings, the game was fairly uneventful as Nola allowed only one run, and Blanton allowed no baserunners. Nola struggled in the 6th inning, allowing 2 runs. But it was a matter of too little, too late for the Nationals, who were still down by 10 after the pair of scores.
A 7th-inning Andres Blanco home run, Cesar Hernandez triple, and Howie Kendrick RBI-single extended the Philadelphia lead to 13 as Oliver Perez failed to contain the explosive Phillies offense (this may be the only time that is able to be said). In the top of the 8th inning, Edubray Ramos continued the success of an under-rated pitching night for Philadelphia–he set Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, and Chris Heisey down in order.
If you have yet to notice a trend in tonight’s game, it was that the bats were on fire for the home team. In line with the theme, Cameron Rupp hit his first home run of the year in the 8th inning to make the score 17-3 in favor of the Phillies. Ramos kept the score in place through the end of the game, allowing no runs in the final frame to put this one away.
For those into more advanced stats, check out the box score for tonight’s blowout win.
And for those who love to watch the Phillies score runs, keep tonight’s game saved on the DVR. This team may have used up all of their runs for a week or two.
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