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Division rival Philadelphia came into Truist Park on Friday night with victory on their minds. They had their ace, Aaron Nola on the mound & having won 4 of their last 7 games.
Well….they were sorely mistaken. The Phillies were taken out behind the woodshed & handed a good ol’ southern hind end whipping. Atlanta dispatched the Fightin’ Phils 11-2.
Marcell Ozuna smashed two homeruns; one of them being the back end of a back-to-back jacks with Travis d’Arnaud. MLB greenhorn Cristian Pache recorded his first ever hit in his first ever game. Max Fried was Max Fried. Our bullpen was our bullpen. And Phillies highly-touted rookie made 5 errors; ya know, the one that’s so much better of a fielder than our Austin Riley…
The game, pitched by their ace, wasn’t even a priority for the Phillies’ Front Office. They were making trades mid-game. Taking guys out of the bullpen to be replaced later with the Red Sox players Philly received in the deal.
The Phillies left the series opener carrying a sore rear end & .409 winning percentage, good enough to be tied for last in the National League East.
Robbie Erlin takes on Zach Wheeler tonight at 7:10 eastern, in Game 2 of the series.