Today, the Phillies play their first 2017 game in Citizens Bank Park.
But Max Scherzer was on the mound, armed with a four-run lead against an offense that ranked last in almost every hitting category a year ago, an offense he's regularly dominated since joining Washington, and Vince Velasquez, for as talented as his right arm is, was edging oh-so-close to the "E" sign on his engine's tank while the reigning National League Cy Young victor was just getting going on Friday afternoon. He'll hope to harness his dominant arsenal when he takes on the Mets at home on Wednesday. Nola is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 6 career starts against Washington.
Scherzer was pulled with two outs in the seventh after throwing 98 pitches, including back-to-back four-pitch walks to open up that frame. Daniel Murphy hit a 2-run homer of his own for his 1st jack of the year as both he and Harper went 2 for 4 in the game.
Aaron Altherr hit a two-run homer off Sammy Solis in the seventh to get the Phillies within 7-4 and Freddy Galvis hit a two-run shot off Blake Treinen in the ninth to cut it to 7-6.
However, the team let yet another winnable game turn to a lose.
Harper hit a two-run shot in the first and Murphy ripped a two-run drive in the third. But after Velasquez walked Adam Eaton in the first, Harper drove a 3-2 pitch into the right-field seats. Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, and Trea Turner each had three strikeouts with a few other Nationals ending their day with two.
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He takes the mound at Philadelphia in the Phillies' home opener.
David Freese and Francisco Cervelli went deep off reliever Josh Collmenter leading off the fifth inning.
Rockies 2, Dodgers 1: Kyle Freeland allowed one run in six solid innings in his major league debut, leading his hometown Rockies past the Dodgers. The team has to make a roster move to accommodate him. Joseph is still searching for his first hit of the season, and looks completely lost at the plate.
"Ideally you have the same core group coming back and that's what we're building towards", said Klentak "We have the same starting infield group from (the end of last season) and four of five in the rotation returning from previous year". "Our offseason acquisitions have contributed so far, so we're pleased after three games". But he'll be seeking his first win since July 8. He held Houston to a run and six hits and struck out six over six innings. He did become the first Phillies pitcher since Cole Hamels in 2006 to strike out 10 within the first for innings.
Liriano faced only eight batters, walking four and giving up three hits before getting pulled.
GOLDEN STATE KEY TRENDS: The Warriors are 5-0-1 against the spread in their last six games versus Western Conference, are 10-1-1 against the number in their last 12 games overall, and are 8-0-1 against the number in their last nine games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game. "If a byproduct of them having success makes them trade assets, then that's fine, but they're here to help the ballclub win games". Somehow - because Scherzer himself wondered if he would have to start the season on the disabled list - he made it, and not a moment too soon. Hughes last won in a rain-shortened game on April 18, 2016, against Milwaukee.