Daniel Nava made his debut as a Phillie on Thursday, and did it in style. The 34-year old got the start in left field and hit home runs in his first two Phillies at-bats, finishing the day 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. He also drew a walk and struck out. Both home runs came off Cincinnati starter Rookie Davis, who got a no-decision in the Reds 7-4 win over the Phillies.
Odubel Herrera also had two hits and scored on a heads-up play on a wild pitch. In all, Herrera was on-base three times, with the two hits and a walk.
On the mound is where things went off track. Starter Clay Buchholz lasted five innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, two walks and three strikeouts. At one point, the Phillies had a three-run lead, but the Reds scored three runs off Buchholz in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game. The Phillies went to Adam Morgan (0-1) to start the sixth inning and he was okay, until Cincinnati sent pitcher Michael Lorenzen up to pinch-hit and he promptly launched a 3-1 pitch 420 feet to center field to put the Reds on top. In the seventh, Adam Duvall hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot, to give Cincinnati breathing room and a 7-4 lead.
Lefty Cody Reed (1-0) got the win for the Reds and Drew Storen picked up his first save of the season giving up a hit, but striking out two in the ninth inning.
The Phillies (1-2) head home for their home opener Friday afternoon against the Washington Nationals (2-1). Vince Velasquez will be opposed by Max Scherzer in the afternoon opener.
The IronPigs home opener against the Pawtucket Red Sox was rained out and will be made up as part of a double-header on Sunday.
The Fightin' Phils had their season opener at Portland rained out Thursday night. The game will be made up as part of a double-header on Friday May 5th.
Zach Eflin, (1-0) making his first rehab appearance, gave Clearwater five scoreless innings in Clearwater's 3-1 win over Dunedin in their home opener. Eflin threw 56 pitches, 44 of which were strikes and gave up just one hit, while striking out six. Eflin was slowed in Spring Training after having bilateral knee surgery during the offseason, and opened the season on the DL for the Phillies.
Jose Pujols doubled to left to drive in two runs in the third inning to put Clearwater up 2-0. They stretched it to 3-0 with a two-out run in the fourth, when Emmanuel Marrero was hit by a pitch with two outs and promptly stole second base. Zach Coppola singled through the middle and Marrero raced home with the Threshers third run of the game.
The only run scored by Dunedin was unearned after an error by third baseman Jan Hernandez, who committed two errors in the game.
After Eflin exited, Seranthony Dominguez threw two innings, allowing just the one unearned run on one hit and a walk, while striking out four. Jeff Singer got the save with two shutout innings, giving up just one hit and striking out three batters. Clearwater pitchers combined to strike out 13 batters in the game.
Alex Wojciechowski delivered a pinch-hit, RBI single in the eighth inning to snap a 5-5 tie, and the BlueClaws went on to top Kannapolis 7-5 for an Opening Night win. Wojciechowski's hit came in his first professional at-bat and with two outs in the inning.
Ismael Cabrera came on for Zach Morris (1-0), who threw 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, to get the last three outs and the save. Morris was the winning pitcher in the season's first game.
Lakewood improves to 8-9 all-time on Opening Day.
Lakewood had battled from 4-0 down and the win matched their largest come-from-behind win from all of 2016.
The top four hitters in the BlueClaws lineup - Arquimedes Gamboa, Daniel Brito, Mickey Moniak and Darick Hall - all had two hits for the BlueClaws in their win. Cord Sandberg also had two hits in the game for the 'Claws.
The BlueClaws scored three times in the fourth inning, and two more in the fifth. The fifth inning runs came when both Gamboa and Moniak scored on a throwing error on a groundball hit by Lucas Williams, as Lakewood jumped out in front 5-4.
Their lead, however, was short-lived, as Kannapolis tied the game on a wild pitch by Mauricio Llovera in the sixth.
Kannapolis took the lead with one run in the first inning and three more in the second against BlueClaws starter JoJo Romero, but Romero settled in and did not allow a run in either the third or the fourth. He came out after four innings, allowing four runs with five strikeouts and no walks.