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Game 2 for Phillies even more disastrous than Opening Day

Game 2 for Phillies even more disastrous than Opening Day

Game 2 for Phillies even more disastrous than Opening Day originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Zack Wheeler departed after six glorious innings on Opening Day and pretty much everything has gone wrong for the Phillies since.

The Braves‘ relentless offense followed nine runs Friday with 12 more Saturday. Aaron Nola turned in one of the worst performances of his career in his first start since signing a seven-year, $172 million contract, the Phillies lost their only long reliever to an injury and were never in Saturday’s game after the top of the second.

If you knew going in that the Phillies would chase Max Fried in the first inning, you’d probably think it was a productive bounce-back effort after the offense went quiet and the bullpen imploded on Opening Day.

Not so much.

Nola didn’t have his curveball or good command, allowing seven runs on a career-high 12 hits over 4 innings. The Phillies lost 12-4. They’ve started 0-2 after dropping their first four games a season ago.

“We’re obviously better than we’re showing but the last two days haven’t been good,” Trea Turner said.

“I think you — not put so much pressure, we’ve got a veteran clubhouse — but you try so hard sometimes. You’ve got to take a step back and relax a bit. Sometimes early in the season, everyone gets caught up in things. You’re trying to settle in and you want to win the games, you don’t want to give these away because at the end of the year, they matter.”

Nola’s day started unfortunately as Ronald Acuña Jr. grounded a ball softly to third base that Alec Bohm tried to field with his bare hand. Bohm may have had enough time to glove it and throw across the diamond but rushed because of Acuña‘s speed and missed the ball. It was initially ruled an error, then changed to a hit in this offense-crazed official scoring environment of 2024.

Nola left a changeup over the middle of the plate to the next batter, Ozzie Albies, who sent it to the seats in right-center field.

The Phillies responded in the bottom of the first with three runs to take a brief lead. The key plate appearances were a Nick Castellanos two-out, bases-loaded walk and a Bryson Stott two-run single. Castellanos clearly struck out looking on a 2-2 count but home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman blew the call, extending the at-bat and enabling the Phillies to score three times.

Fried was all over the place with fluctuating velocity and was out after seven batters and 43 pitches.

But Atlanta just kept getting to Nola. Some of…

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