He replaced him with Enny Romero, who immediately allowed a double to Maikel Franco (scoring Herrera, whose run was charged to Guthrie) and another double to Michael Saunders (scoring Franco), followed by a Tommy Joseph single (scoring Saunders).
The 12 runs were the most the Nationals have ever surrendered in an inning.
Max Scherzer isn’t your average No. 4 starter. Because the knuckle fractured, then healed slowly, the fact that Scherzer appeared Friday without missing a turn through the rotation qualified as a victory. He did become the first Phillies pitcher since Cole Hamels in 2006 to strike out 10 within the first for innings. The right-hander’s season was cut short past year after he suffered a broken bone above his left knee and underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.
Donnie Hart (1-0) earned his first major league victory by getting the final out in the NY seventh.
The last time the Phillies scored 17 runs in a game was July 6, 2009 in a 22-1 rout of the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park.
In addition to contributing to a deficit that the Phils could not overcome, Velasquez’s inconsistency stretched Mackanin’s bullpen. Murphy fouled off the next two pitches, fastballs, before Velasquez threw a curveball in the dirt. The winds howled around him Friday and so did Philadelphia fans, desperate for inspiration these days and found it in the Phillies’ home opener.
The first inning lasted 53 minutes. His best stretch was his first eight games, when he went 5-1 with a 2.42 ERA, striking out 59 in 48 1/3 innings.
Scherzer took the mound wearing short sleeves in the wintry wind.
But Scherzer’s bullpen almost cost him.
“Then he just didn’t seem to be able to do that for some reason”. Just like that, he was excited again.
The lineup that will back the right-hander is the same one Baker used Friday, with the same faces he has used all season. The Nationals brought him to spring training as a non-roster invitee and he began this season working out in Florida before he got the fateful call to start Saturday’s game. Scherzer’s, Baker laughed, was long gone.
Nola is an essential part of the Phillies’ rebuilding plans. Velasquez got Werth to swing through a 94 miles per hour fastball, Velasquez’s bread and butter.
The Phillies’ bats ignited several late rallies, though. Galvis drove in three runs, and his two-run shot came in the ninth inning to cut the Nats’ lead to one. “I missed (his spots) with a couple of pitches that got hit and they scored some runs”. The Phillies didn’t hit any homers in the inning, but did have three doubles. They would get on the board in the sixth, after a Cesar Hernandez double and an Odubel RBI-single. A strikeout and a ground out later, he was out of it. Left fielder Daniel Nava made his season debut Thursday and hit two home runs. He last pitched in 2015 with Kansas City, where he went 8-8 with a 5.95 ERA. He ran into trouble when he walked two batters in the seventh. That is not a recipe for success, and so it should come as no particular surprise that they fell behind early, struggling against the Nationals’ ace. Rupp hit an opposite field home run in the eighth to give the game its final score.
“Pitching in the big-league is hard, you throw a lot of strikes, hitters will hit it”.