Excited Phillies fans with smiles on their faces entered Citizens Bank Park, anticipating a great home opener, and boom, the Phils get crushed.
The Phillies got off to a great start very early in the game. Kyle Kendrick was pitching well, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins, were hitting the ball well, and both Domonic Brown and Erik Kratz had solo homeruns. Everything was going their way. By the 3rd inning, we thought the Phillies were going to win in a blowout, especially with the way Kendrick was pitching. But then all momentum changed and the Royals took control. Kendrick started to struggle and the Phillies bullpen didn’t stop the bleeding very well.
Two bases loaded triples, one from Alex Gordon and the other from Chris Getz, propelled the Royals to 13 runs. The Royals finished the game with 19 hits and showed exactly why many analysts think they are a sleeper team in 2013.
While this game turned out to be a disaster, with a final score of 13-4, there were some positives that the Phillies can take out of this game. First off, both Howard and Utley were 2 for 4, Howard driving in 2. And both Brown and Kratz also added solo shots.
This was definitely a tough and disappointing loss, especially after such a promising start, but hopefully John Lannan will pitch well in his Phillies debut tomorrow.