Where to begin?
The Phillies piled on in the first inning of their first home night game of the season, when they scored 12 runs against Jeremy Guthrie and the Washington Nationals. The 12 runs were a franchise record for the first inning of a game, and one short of the record for runs in any inning. They sent 16 batters to the plate and three batters - Howie Kendrick, Michael Saunders and Tommy Joseph - all had two hits in the inning. Joseph had opened the season 0-for-13.
On the night, both Kendrick and Saunders had three hits, with Saunders missing the cycle by just a home run. His triple missed going out by literally inches. Kendrick led the team with four RBI, while Joseph had three and Maikel Franco and Saunders each had two. Andres Blanco and Cameron Rupp both hit their first home runs of the season. And, oh yeah, Kendrick also stole a base.
The only guy who had a bad night was shortstop Freddy Galvis, who finished 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, but he did drive in a run on a sacrifice fly.
The offense overshadowed the return of Aaron Nola, who hadn't pitched in a regular season game since last July 28th, thanks to a sore elbow. Nola threw seven strong innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven batters. Nola threw 89 pitches, 57 were strikes. Pat Neshek threw one scoreless inning and Edubray Ramos gave the Phillies two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, no walks and striking out three batters.
Former Phillie Joe Blanton pitched three perfect innings in relief for Washington, striking out three batters, and restoring order after Guthrie and reliever Enny Romero were tagged for a combined 13 runs - 12 earned - in just two innings of work. The duo allowed 10 hits, walked four - all from Guthrie - and struck out two.
Pawtucket 3, LEHIGH VALLEY 2
WP: Edgar Olmos (1-0), LP: Ricardo Pinto (0-1), SV: Erik Cordier (1)
HR: PAW - none; LV - none
PawSox starter Brian Johnson was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Roman Quinn, but was able to walk off the field on his own.
Mark Leiter gave the IronPigs 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, walking two and striking out three.
Portland 4, READING 1
WP: Jalen Beeks (1-0), LP: Tyler Viza (0-1), SV: Williams Jerez (1)
HR: RDG - none; POR - none
Reading had five hits in the game and struck out 10 times, pushing their season total to 17 in two games.
Malquin Canelo had two hits.
Dunedin 12, CLEARWATER 6
WP: Tom Robson (1-0), LP: Ranfi Casimiro, SV: none
Herlis Rodriguez had three hits, finishing a home run shy of hitting for the cycle... Randolph is 2-for-13 (.154) on the season, with both hits being home runs.
Franklyn Kilome: 4 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
LAKEWOOD 8, Kannapolis 4 (10)
WP: Will Hibbs (1-0), LP: Danny Dopico (0-1), SV: none
HR: LKW - Cord Sandberg (1); KAN - Brandon Dulin (1)
The BlueClaws were down to their final strike in the ninth inning when Sandberg tied the game with his first home run of the season. It was the second night in a row that Lakewood came from behind to beat Kannapolis... Mickey Moniak was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs batted in.
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