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Luck of the new rules help Phillies win Opening Day ’21

Ok, we got to watch opening day at Citizens Bank Park, and the Phillies won! That’s the great news. They almost didn’t win though, and that’s what is going to take up the bulk of this blog post. It feels good to be back to writing about a game that I really love. About 8,800 at Citizens Bank Park braved a chilly April Fools Day at the park, and managed to leave with a win.

That being said, it was very much like a repeat that we’ve seen often from Aaron Nola, he pitches a great game, it’s really close, then he gives up a long ball and the other team ties the game in this instance. Does that sound familiar? I remember several times of Nola being victimized late in the game by the HR. So much so, I had to look it up, Aaron Nola over his career has given up the most HR’s in the 1st inning of the game (22), unbelievably so, that before Opening Day 2021, out of 92 HR’s he has given up, most of them occurred as well in the first 3 innings (16 in 2nd and 18 in 3rd inning). But, there is two innings in the 6th and 7th innings when he has surrendered 11 each in those innings.

We needed things to go our way in this game, after it was tied up, we went into extra innings and it was one of the few times that I have watched with the new rule of having a runner on 2nd to start the 10th inning. The Braves almost pulled the game out, there was a play at the plate, Ozzie Albies was a dead duck at home in the top of the 10th due to hesitation on his part.

Hoskins had a tough day for Opening Day, with 3 K’s and left 5 runners on base. He did chip in a nice double, so that was nice. Harper could have been a hero, he batted 1-4 and this time couldn’t make it seem like that $330M contract was actually paying some dividends for this team. Team RISP was a dismal 3-14 in this one for the Phils. We came out with the win though, and that’s what matters. Can we do it more often? We’ll see as the 2nd game of the season goes off on Saturday at 4:05 PM.

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