Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Reds 3

Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Reds 3


CINCINNATI -- The Phillies opened their 135th season with a win.

Jeremy Hellickson pitched well. The bullpen pitched well -- at least until the last inning. And the offense collected seven extra-base hits en route to a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on Monday.

Cesar Hernandez led off the game with a solo home run. Freddy Galvis also homered. Howie Kendrick had three hits in his first game with the club.

The attendance was 43,804 and that was the largest ever at the ballpark for a regular-season game.

Starting pitching report
Hellickson had a nice season debut, scattering six hits and a run over five innings. He walked one and struck out one. He left at 67 pitches after allowing a leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth.

Hellickson faced a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the third and allowed just one run.

He did a nice job pitching out of a one-out, base-loaded jam in the fourth.

Cincinnati right-hander Scott Feldman allowed seven hits and three runs over 4 2/3 innings. All of the runs came in the first two innings on a pair of homers and a double.

Bullpen report
Pete Mackanin went to his bullpen with a 4-1 lead. Joaquin Benoit, Edubray Ramos and Hector Neris combined on three scoreless innings before Jeanmar Gomez gave up a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth to make it a one-run game. Gomez settled down and got the final out for a not-so-pretty save.

At the plate
Hernandez became the first player to lead off a Phillies season with a home run since Heinie Mueller in 1938 and the first in the majors to lead off a game on opening day with a homer since Alfonso Soriano in 2009.

Maikel Franco singled with two outs in the first and scored on a double by newcomer Michael Saunders. Galvis homered in the second inning on the second pitch he saw. Hellickson tripled in the top of the sixth.

All four of the Phillies' runs scored on extra-base hits.

Brock Stassi made his big-league debut as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and drew a five-pitch walk.

Scooter Gennett hit the two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to bring Cincinnati within one run.

Billy Hamilton plated the Reds' first run with a sacrifice fly.

Up next
Tuesday is an off day. The series resumes Wednesday night. Jerad Eickhoff makes his season debut against lefty Brandon Finnegan. Eickhoff led the Phillies' starting staff in starts (33), innings (197 1/3) and ERA (3.65) last season.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.

Best of MLB: Trout's 16th home run guides Angels past Marlins

Best of MLB: Trout's 16th home run guides Angels past Marlins

MIAMI -- Mike Trout hit his major league-leading 16th homer, and the Los Angeles Angels reached the .500 mark for the 12th time this season by beating Miami 5-2 Saturday.

Trout's first-inning homer into the beer garden in left field was estimated at 443 feet, which pleased a fair portion of the crowd at Marlins Park.

"Hate Fish Love Trout," read a sign held by an Angels fans.

J.C. Ramirez (5-3) limited Miami to an unearned run in seven innings and benefited from excellent defense. Bud Norris, who tweaked his right knee and left Friday's game after throwing only three pitches, gave up a homer to Marcell Ozuna in the ninth (see full recap).

Strasburg K's career-high 15, Nats down Padres 3-0
WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg dominated San Diego with a career-high 15 strikeouts while allowing three hits over seven innings as the Washington Nationals beat the Padres 3-0 on Saturday.

Strasburg (6-1) singled and scored Washington's first run on Bryce Harper's RBI grounder in the third inning. Michael A. Taylor hit a two-run homer for the second consecutive game.

San Diego's lineup offered little resistance against Strasburg the day after Max Scherzer dominated the Padres with 13 strikeouts in Washington's 5-1 win.

Strasburg struck out the side in the third and sixth and had at least two in the first six innings.

The right-hander previously struck out 14 batters twice including his Major League debut on June 8, 2010. He set a personal best by setting down Franchy Cordero in the seventh (see full recap).

Yankees held hitless into 6th by Cotton, but beat A's 3-2
NEW YORK -- Oakland rookie Jharel Cotton held the Yankees hitless until Matt Holliday launched a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth inning that sent resurgent CC Sabathia and New York to a 3-2 victory Saturday.

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was in the right spot for a pair of key catches to boost the AL East leaders, who won with just two hits.

Sabathia (5-2) has won three straight starts for the first time since April 2013. The 36-year-old lefty pitched into the seventh and struck out nine.

Dellin Betances escaped a second-and-third, one-out jam in the eighth, an inning that included the ejections of A's hitter Jed Lowrie and manager Bob Melvin for arguing strike three calls. Betances closed for his fifth save.

Cotton (3-5) was promoted from Triple-A Nashville before the game. He began the season in the Athletics' rotation but was sent down to the minors May 11 to refine his game (see full recap).

Bautista hits 3-run HR, Blue Jays beat Rangers 3-1
TORONTO -- Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer that backed Marco Estrada, and the Toronto Blue Bays beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 Saturday and matched their longest winning streak this season at five.

Shin-soo Choo homered into the center-field party deck on the first pitch of the game from Marco Estrada, but Bautista hit a two-out drive in the fifth, his eighth home run in May after one in April.

Estrada (4-2) allowed four hits in six innings to win for the third time in four starts. Aaron Loup got one out in the seventh, Ryan Tepera finished the inning and Joe Smith worked the eighth. Roberto Osuna threw a perfect ninth for his ninth save, completing a six-hitter.

Darvish (5-3) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings. He had been 4-0 with a 2.54 ERA in six starts since losing April 18 at Oakland. Texas has lost five in a row for the first time this year (see full recap).