After much speculation, and hours of staring at weather radars, the Phillies managed to start this one on time, and played through all 9 innings as a bonus!
Nick Pivetta began on the bump for Philadelphia, and, after giving up a triple to Twins’ shortstop Jorge Polanco, shut down the Minnesota offense without issue.
Jake Odorizzi, on the other hand, was not quite as lucky.
This one started out with a bang for the Phightin’ Phils. Andrew McCutchen took a walk after an extremely close check swing, and managed to come around to score on a LONG Jean Segura double. Rhys Hoskins then drove Jean Segura home on a hard hit line drive to left, making it 2-0 Good Guys.
This is where things got messy for Minnesota.
JT Realmuto and Cesar Hernandez both drew walks to load the bases, leading to the tugging of Twins’ starter, the aforementioned Odorizzi, after just 0.2 innings of work.
"I'm sorry," you could see Jake Odorizzi say to manager Rocco Baldelli as he was taken out 36 pitches into his first inning against the Phillies.— Corey Seidman (@CSeidmanNBCS) April 5, 2019
However, the new pitcher, Ryne Harper, would now face 8th Hole Legend, Maikel Franco, who cleared the bases with a bloop double, and advanced to third on a throwing error. The inning would later end thanks to a low-effort Nick Pivetta strikeout, but the damage was done — 5-0 Phillies.
MAIKEL CLEARS THE BASES WITH THE CRAZIEST THREE BASE HIT IVE EVER SEEN.— Alex Carr (@AlexCarrMLB) April 5, 2019
Both teams were quiet across the 2nd inning, but the Twins came back with a vengeance in the 3rd.
Ehire Adrianza singled to lead them off, and German-born lefty Max Kepler smoked a hanger off of Nick Pivetta, netting the Twins a couple of runs back.
Fast-forward to Philadelphia’s half of the 3rd, and those runs would not go unanswered.
Rhys Hoskins led off with a walk, but would be replaced by JT Realmuto on a fielder’s choice. Odubel Herrera then singled to right carrying Realmuto to 3rd, and Cesar Hernandez would loop a sac-fly to right, scoring the catcher to make it 6-2 Phillies.
Then, after a quiet 4th on both counts, Jorge Polanco led the Twins off in the 5th with a Home Run that just squeaked past the right field wall. Eddie Rosario also came around to score on a single by Jake Cave, bringing the Twins back into the conversation with a score of 6-4.
Nick Pivetta was pinch-hit for by Aaron Altherr in the bottom of the 5th, ending his outing, which was forgivably poor, especially given the abysmal conditions.
His final line on the night: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Tugging Pivetta would prove bountiful for the Phillies, as Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco would walk in the bottom of the 5th, only to be driven in by an Aaron Altherr double off the bench, making it a 7-4 game.
Biiiiiig hit there for Altherr.— Alex Carr (@AlexCarrMLB) April 6, 2019
He needs all the help he can get if he wants to stick with the club once Roman Quinn returns.
Adam Morgan and Hector Neris combined for two excellent innings of relief, limiting Minnesota to 1 hit while striking out 3 in the process.
Yet, in the bottom of the 7th, the Phillies proved just how patient their lineup can be. With two outs, Andrew McCutchen walked, followed by a single from Jean Segura, and then a walk from Bryce Harper to bring up Rhys Hoskins, who did what he does best. He smoked a single to left, and, on a brilliant base-running play by Harper, plated all 3 runs, making it a whopping 10-4 total in Philadelphia’s favor.
Pat Neshek pitched a scoreless 8th, and was followed up by David Robertson who set the Twins down in order to close this one out.
The offense was electric, even in the awful weather. Some notable stat lines:
Rhys Hoskins: 3-for-4, 4 RBI, BB
Odubel Herrera: 3-for-5
Jean Segura: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI
There were some rough patches, but this one, for the most part, looked like the majority of Phillies games that we’ve seen thus far this season — and that is a very, very good sign.