The injury didn't bother him against the Phillies, who fell to 3-11 in home openers at Citizens Bank Park. "I think during the course of the season it's going to come". It was cold (48 degrees at first pitch, at 3:10 p.m.) and windy in South Philly and the game turned unpleasant rather quickly.
It was Galvis' run-scoring double that ignited the Phillies in the seventh inning, and his two-run home run in the ninth inning off closer Blake Treinen got them close enough to excite what was left of the crowd, but not enough to prevent a 7-6 Nationals victory. Theyll face 2016 National League Cy Young Award victor and Nationals ace Max Scherzer.
So Scherzer was ideal and leading in the fourth, when new Phillie Howie Kendrick doubled to the right-field corner to break up a halfhearted no-hit bid. His final line saw him give up two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and those two walks. Nationals skipper Dusty Baker said. "We're still in the process of figuring out where to slot guys".
Despite missing six weeks in the preseason with a stress fracture in his throwing ring finger, Scherzer insisted fatigue wasn't a factor in his fade.
"There's a lot I can improve upon and sharpen up", he said.
"I'm good to go", he told CSN Philly.
But Scherzer's bullpen almost cost him.
Aaron Altherr supplied a two-run homer in the seventh inning that made it a 7-4 game, and gave the team some hope.
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Armed with arguably the most talented arm the Phillies have in their depth of pitching talent in both the major league and Triple-A rotation, Velasquez struck out four straight batters between the first and second innings.
If he doesn't start attacking hitters more often and improve the location of offspeed stuff, they may not even improve on last year's 71 wins.
"You are four games into a season and 13 at-bats into a season where you will have a few hundred (at-bats)", Joseph said at his locker on Saturday afternoon before the second game of a three-game set between the Phillies and the Nationals. With the team down 7-4, Franco had a chance with two men on and none out, but popped up despite getting ahead of Koda Glover 3-1. "I've seen some weird stuff happen in this ballpark because you're never really safe with a lead here because the fences are so accessible".
When Matt Klentak took over as general manager of the Phillies before the 2016 season, his job was to help a transition that had already started under Ruben Amaro Jr. from the nucleus of the 2007-2011 National League East champions to the future. Murphy followed that in the third inning with a shot of his own over the wall in right-center. He finished the day allowing four runs on five hits and three walks in his four frames, while all but two of the outs he recorded came via the strikeout.
"I realize my potential and that's why I'm working hard", Velasquez said. "I had no grip and no command of my fastball at all".
Herrera went 2-for-3 with two singles against Scherzer, the only batter in the Philadelphia lineup to pick up multiple hits off the starter.
The Philadelphia Phillies stretch before their home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.
Joely Rodriguez replaced Velasquez in the fifth and allowed a three-run home run to former Phillie Jayson Werth midway through the inning.