The Philadelphia Phillies dramatically won their home opener on Jean Segura's game-winning single in the bottom of the tenth inning. The 3-2 victory marked the team's first walk-off home-opening win since 2011!
The walk-off fireworks capped off a stellar afternoon for the Fightin' Phills. A total team effort was on display, and the fans were treated to one of the best home openers in years. While the bats did just enough to win the game, the team's pitching thoroughly dominated the contest.
Team ace Aaron Nola was dealing early and often, as he set down the Braves in order in the top of the first inning. Meanwhile, the team could muster up a run in the bottom half of the first as they played a little small ball. Centerfielder Andrew McCutchen singled to start the frame. After moving to second on a walk to Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Second-year third baseman Alec Bohm then hit a sacrifice fly for the game's first run.
Although Nola gave up hits in each of the next two innings, he quickly silenced the Braves bats, keeping them scoreless. Meanwhile, the Phillies added another run in the bottom of the third on a J.T. Realmuto RBI single. That run put the Phillies up 2-0 heading into the middle innings. Likewise, Nola continued his dominance as he headed into the seventh inning with a shutout.
However, Nola would soon run out of gas at the top of the seventh. He quickly retired the first two batters of the inning. But then he served up a double to Christian Pache. As the Braves called upon Pablo Sandoval as a pinch hitter, all eyes were on Aaron, and even the commentators were expecting him to pitch around the Panda. However, Nola went right after him, and unfortunately, Sandoval would make him pay, as he sent a 1-1 pitch into the seats in right field to tie the game at 2.