Monday, April 04, 2016

Votto and Bruce pace Reds to Opener win vs. Phils

Play ball in Cincinnati, as the Phils open up the 2016 season there

The Reds won this Opening Day game the way the Phillies should learn how to play this game.

Small ball won the day for this Reds team, as Joey Votto and Jay Bruce delivered key hits with runners in scoring position. Those hits came off of the bullpen too, so for game one, I guess a lot of emphasis must again be placed on the 'pen and the lack of Phils offense coming up a close second.

Galvis showed a bit of being a seasoned player with the Phils in the Opener

Freddie Galvis put up a home run for the Phillies with a ball that landed in the first row of right center field , and the Phils looked like they may do something, that was the extent of the Phillies offense on the day though, as the Phils went 0-5 for RISP the whole game. Overall Galvis played a great game, almost saying to the Phils management silently, "I know you have a guy named J.P. in the wings, but my name is Freddie."

Jeremy Hellickson did very good on the day, letting up only 1 ER and striking out 6 in his 6 innings that he pitched.

Things that weren't so good for the Phillies:

The Phils got very sloppy late in the game, Herrera showed a lack of concentration out in center that led to an error.

Ryan Howard wasn't a factor in this game. He also had an error in the game. Howard, Bourjos, Herrera, and Hunter put up goose eggs, combined they went 0-14 at the plate.

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