Phillies game three recap: Phils came out swinging but couldn’t sustain momentum in loss to Reds


Philly was back on the field after taking their first loss of the season Wednesday night. Veteran pitcher Clay Buchholz would start the game and try to get the Phils back in the win column. He would be supported by the following lineup:

It was another cold day in Cincy, but the Phillies offense got off to a hot start. OF Daniel Nava got things started in the opening frame with a solo blast. After a leadoff single from Cesar Hernandez in the third inning, Nava bombed ANOTHER homerun. He is the first player since Jeremy Giambi to homer in his first two at-bats. Incredible debut for the journeyman. 2016 all-star Odubel Herrera scored on a wild pitch later in the inning, and gave Philly an early 4-1 lead.

Unfortunately, that was the last time the Phillies scored. Buchholz pitched a solid third inning and kept the lead, but he fell apart in the fourth inning. The right-hander allowed three runs on three hits and a walk- making it a tie ballgame at 4-4.

Adam Morgan would go on to allow three more runs in his 2 ⅓ inning relief effort. The Reds 7-4 lead was too much to overcome for the young Phils, and they shot themselves in the foot by leaving too many runners in scoring position to end the inning.

After a hot start, the Phillies drop to 1-2, but there is still reason to rejoice. The Phillies take on the rival Nationals tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park for the home opener of the season! I’m excited to see the city rally around the team and hope we can come out on top. If any of you reading this article are going to the home opener tomorrow feel free to send pictures of yourselves to the Philly Sports Network Twitter page ​here​. 

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