Kyle Schwarber

Offense doesn’t disappoint in Opening Day win

The Phanatic may have done a face plant while parachuting into Citizens Bank Park, but the Phillies offense did everything but fall flat in a 9-5 win over the team that formerly called the City of Brotherly Love home.

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OFFENSE: Kyle Schwarber didn’t take long to ingratiate himself with the fans of the Phillies. On just the seventh pitch of the game, one of the new bearded faces in the lineup took starter Frankie Montas out of the park. “Schwarbs” finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two driven in. Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-3 and also scored two and drove in two… In his MLB debut, third baseman Bryson Stott picked up two hits, including an RBI double… Matt Vierling was the only player in the lineup to not get a hit, going 0-for-3, but he did pick up an RBI on a sacrifice fly… The Phillies were 6-for-11 (.546) with RISP.

HR: OAK – Pinder (1), Brown (1); PHIL – Schwarber (1)

PITCHING: Aaron Nola breezed through six innings before hitting a wall in the seventh. Nola kept his pitch count low and seemed like his old self on the mound until giving up a two-run home run to Seth Brown in the seventh. Earlier, Nola surrendered a solo home run to Chad Pinder. Nola was charged with another run in the seventh, giving him four earned runs surrendered over six innings, during which he struck out seven batters… Seranthony Dominguez threw a perfect eighth inning and Corey Knebel struck out two of the three hitters he faced in the ninth… Overall, the bullpen threw three innings and gave up just two hits and no walks, striking out four. The only run they allowed was an unearned run.

WP: Nola (1-0), LP: Montas (0-1), SV: none

DEFENSE: The Phillies defense is a primary concern this season and they made two errors in the game. Stott made some nice plays at third, but threw wildly to first for an error and Hoskins was also charged with an error on a failed catch. Both errors came in the four-run seventh inning.

PHILLY NOTES: Citizens Bank Park was sold out with 44,232 fans in attendance for the game… Prior to the game, Mickey Moniak (fractured hand) was officially placed on the IL and Simon Muzziotti was recalled from Double-A Reading… PA announcer Dan Baker, entering his 50th season in baseball, threw out the first pitch.

ON THE AGENDA: The Phillies and A’s have another afternoon game on Saturday, starting at 4:05 p.m. Kyle Gibson will pitch for the Phillies and he will be opposed by former Phillie, left-hander Cole Irvin. It will be interesting to see whether Stott or Alec Bohm plays at third base against the lefty.

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