Good morning, friends, and happy home opener!
Or, I should say, happy “I hope the Phillies don’t screw this game up” home opener! Because good glory be was yesterday’s game ever putrid. The end of it, at least. Let’s get to it.
Phillies lose to Reds 7-4
Victor Filoromo wrote the recap for this, and I strongly urge you to read it. Here’s a highlight:
If you were looking for a more frustrating way to lose a game than the now-patented lack of run support for Jerad Eickhoff, Adam Morgan had your answer.
Daniel Nava was awesome
Daniel Nava, who I had forgotten was on the team, homered in his first at-bat with the Phillies yesterday. And then he homered in his second at-bat!! It was great. Todd Zolecki talked to him, and he said some adorable things.
Clay Buchholz and Adam Morgan were not awesome
I don’t really want to talk about this, but I guess I have to. Clay Buchholz was pretty crappy, giving up four runs in five innings. Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal wrote that the Phillies should have a short leash with Buchholz, and it’s easy to agree. Adam Morgan was also pretty putrid, giving up three runs in 2.1 innings. Pete Mackanin left him in way, way too long. Yes, Morgan is supposed to be long relief, but just because he has a label like that doesn’t mean he has to be left in for so long. Seriously, it was so bad.
The Phillies hope to improve home offense in 2017
I mean, they should really be focusing on improving their offense everywhere, but CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury wrote an article yesterday about the Phillies’ historically bad home offense last year. WOOF. You remember how bad the Phillies were last year so I don’t want to pick out any amazing stats, just go read it.
Around the Phight
Ryan Howard signed a minor league deal with the Braves. Yeah. Our own Ryne Horde wrote this up, and instead of linking directly to it, I’m going to embed his excellent tweet below.
Our marvelous, faithful minor league and prospect writers Jay Polinsky, Victor Filoromo, and Cormican made ten bold predictions about the Phillies’ minor league season. Read it, and be filled with hope!
Tweet of the day
If the IronPigs played farther north in PA they could prominently market Crawford and Cozens as the C&C Moosic Factory— Paul Boyé (@paul_boye) April 6, 2017
BOOOOOOOOOOO (just kidding Paul you’re the best!)