The day began so promising for the Phillies. The sun was shining, people were smiling and the Home Opener was upon us:
The festivities continued with the traditional patriotism, Leap Frog jumpers falling from the sky and team introductions. Retired Phillies Mike Schmidt and Dickie Noles joined their former rival from the 1980 Phillies-Royals World Series, George Brett on the field for some pre-game pitches. All was well with the world…
And then the game started.
The Phillies actually looked like the World Series champs of old for about 4 innings. Domonic Brown and Erik Kratz hit home runs; Chase Utley and Ryan Howard were hitting; and by the end of the 3rd inning, the Phillies had a 4-0 lead.
And then it all went downhill….fast.
Kyle Kendrick, who was solid to start the game, began getting hit hard by the 5th inning. By the 6th inning, Kendrick was out of gas and pulled from the game. But not before the Phils intentionally walked Billy Butler to load the bases with 2 outs. This may have been the one call that sent the game into a real tailspin.
Because once the bullpen took over, all hell broke loose. All 3 of those runs scored, thanks to Jeremy Horst. Additional damage was done by the pen later, as the Royals scored in every single inning from the 5th on.
Ben Revere got called out when he looked safe (see photo)…Brown dove for a ball in the outfield and missed…it was a total disaster.
By the 8th inning, fans were scurrying to the exits like a herd of deer running from a hungry cougar. It was ugly.
With this 4-13 loss, the Phillies have now dropped 3 of their first 4 games, allowing 29 runs in those 3 losses. They seriously need a win tonight.
John Lannan makes his Phillies debut tonight at 7:05pm. Best of luck to him…he’ll need it.
And here is the Photo Album from the game.
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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography