The final score was 11-5, but it didn’t start that way. (Obviously.) I was at this game, and me and my dad got there just before first pitch. We decided to grab some food before we went to our seats, and when we sat down, the Phillies were already losing 3-0. Literally as my ass lowered itself into that blue plastic seat, a ball thrown by Jorge Alfaro, which was meant to catch a runner stealing, squeaked by Scott Kingery and into center field. Jake Arrieta, Friday’s starter, had already made an error earlier in the inning (hearing the crowd groan at that after he had walked the first batter was kind of hilarious), and after a double and a single, he tossed a wild pitch that allowed another runner to score.
It was not the best start for Jake Arrieta. But it didn’t get any worse. He labored through the first inning and gave up four runs total. But the comeback began right away. Clayton Richard, who is not a good pitcher, gave up a single and a walk to start the bottom of the first. The Phillies would eventually score on a ground out, making the score 4-1
That, of course, wasn't the end of the comeback, or of Richard being bad. In the second they really got to the Padres. After Aaron Altherr struck out (he bad, kids), Scott Kingery singled, and Jorge Alfaro walked. Jake Arrieta helped his own cause (somewhat) by grounding into a force out, and then with two outs, Richard responded by walking Cesar Hernandez and Rhys Hoskins, which meant he walked in a run.
The Phillies’ deficit had been cut in half, and they were definitely not done. Odubel Herrera singled to score Arrieta and Cesar, and the game was tied. Carlos Santana then stepped up to the plate with two runners on, and with one swing gave the Phillies the lead.
He bombed a three-run home run to center field, and holy crap it was exciting to see in person.
The fourth inning was a tense one for the Phillies, because Jake Arrieta didn’t have his best stuff. It was tense for the crowd, but it was also looooooooong. It took eight million years, no kidding. He walked Manuel Margot to start the inning (again), and then our friend Freddy Galvis (more on him in a moment) singled, which scored Margot, who had stolen second base. Arrieta allowed another single and finally got the first out of the inning before Gabe Kepler replaced him with Austin Davis.
The Phillies bats mostly went silent until the eighth inning, when they really put a hurting on the Padres. They scored four runs on five singles and a double, with a caught stealing shoved in there somewhere. It was glorious, and it included the most amazing stumbling bellyflop into home from Nick Williams.
While tonight was a welcome back to baseball for the Phillies and all of us fans, it was also a different kind of welcome back for a former Phillie we all know and love. Freddy Galvis, the irrepressible shortstop who spent six years in a Phillies uniform, came back to Citizens Bank Park for the first time since his trade this winter. He received a rousing ovation during his intro and before his first at-bat. Here’s a look.
Oh, I’m sorry, is that not Freddy’s ovation? I could have sworn that was it.