The opposing team (significantly) outscored the Phillies. And thus we have what is projected to become the story of the 2015 Philadelphia Phillies.
Four solo home runs and a grand slam later and the Phillies fell to the Boston Red Sox, 8-0. Cole Hamels labored through five innings and gave up the four solo shots. One of those home runs was hit by Mookie Betts, the coveted Red Sox prospect who has been rumored in several potential trades involving Hamels. Hamels threw exactly 100 pitches while striking out six and walking three batters.
Clay Buchholz, on the other hand, was dominant as he pitched seven strong innings of shutout baseball. The Phillies were only able to piece together three hits off of the Boston ace; the first occurring in the fourth inning off of the bat of Ryan Howard. The Red Sox bullpen took over in the eighth inning and did not give up another hit for the rest of the game.
The Phillies bullpen looked strong until the top of the ninth inning. Lefty Jake Diekman came in and surrendered two walks, a single, and a grand slam while only recording an out. This put the Phillies in the 8-0 hole they were never able to climb out of.
One of the more positive moments of the day came from Shane Victorino. In his return to Citizens Bank Park, The Flyin’ Hawaiian was greeted by a standing ovation from the 45,000 plus crowd. He tipped his helmet in appreciation toward the fans.
Two notable former Phils are having strong Opening Day performances. Opening Day starter for the Colorado Rockies, Kyle Kendrick, threw seven shutout innings. Jimmy Rollins of the LA Dodgers compiled two hits in his debut, one of which was a three run game winning home run.
The beautiful part about baseball is the next game is just around the corner. The Phillies hope to rebound in a strong way as the series against Boston continues on Wednesday night at 7:05 PM.