While the Phillies took the lead in the first inning, the Reds did all they could to overcome the deficit late. They cut the lead to just one run, but it would not be enough as the Reds took the loss 4-3 to kick off the 2017 season.
Opening Day starter Scott Feldman’s day was upset early, as Phillies lead-off man Cesar Hernandez homered to lead off the game. A couple hits later, and the Phillies were already off to a hot start, holding a 2-0 lead. Add another home-run in the top of the second, and a 3-0 deficit had the Reds looking like they were in for a long day.
Feldman (0-1), who obviously had a rough first outing in his first appearance as a Redleg, said in his post-game issue there were “no excuses” for his poor outing, and promised Red nation he would be a smarter pitcher going forward. He would end up pitching 4.2 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits.
The rest of the game was relatively quiet, each team adding a run to their totals. Billy Hamilton would get the first RBI for the Reds this season on a sac fly that scored Zack Cozart in the third. The Phillies would add another run on the 6th to extend the lead back to three after pitcher Jeremy Hellickson’s hit would skip past the diving Schebler in left, giving Hellickson (1-0) a triple, later scoring.
The Reds would give it one last hoorah in the last frame, however.
With one out in the 9th and Scott Schebler on base, Scooter Gennett would come on to pinch-hit. The newly acquired Gennett would start his Reds career would start off strong with a 2-run homerun to cut the Phillies lead to just one run. Unfortunately, they would not have enough firepower in the end, resulting in a 4-3 loss on Opening Day.
The Reds will continue their series with the Phillies tomorrow with their first night game of the year, with Brandon Finnegan set to take the bump vs Jerad Eickhoff.