Phillies Out Slug Questionable Defense, defeat As on Opening Day

The Philadelphia Phillies looked exactly like what we expected they would in an Opening Day win over the Oakland Athletics Friday — an excellent offense, but one that will need to overcome some defensive miscues

After Aaron Nola retired the side in order in the top of the first inning, Kyle Schwarber led off for Joe Girardi in company

In a moment with striking similarities to Andrew McCutchen’s leadoff home run in 2019, Schwarber hit a 426-foot home run in his first at-bat as a Phillie

J.T. Realmuto singled into right field with one out in the home half of the third inning, which allowed Schwarber to advance to third base after a walk

Not only did reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper plate Realmuto in the following at-bat, but thanks to a lack of a serious tag attempt from Oakland second baseman Tony Kemp, he wound up on second base

While Nick Castellanos struck out with Harper on second base and Realmuto on third base, Rhys Hoskins picked him up with a two-run single into right field

In total, the Phillies scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning, with Didi Gregorius delivering the final blow in the frame with an RBI single

Like the Phillies, the A’s first hit of the day came in the form of a home run. With that said, it took Oakland until the top of the fourth inning to break into the hits column, with left fielder Chad Pinder hitting an opposite-field home run off of Aaron Nola

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