Phillies Lose Series Finale to Reds, 7-4: Four Observations

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Apr 6, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp (34) is picked off at second base by Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) during the sixth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 6, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp (34) is picked off at second base by Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) during the sixth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 27, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Darwin Barney (18) gets the force out on Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Daniel Nava (25) but does not complete the double play in the sixth inning of a baseball game during spring training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /

Hey, That New Guy Can Hit

Overshadowed by the heart-warming success story of Brock Stassi was the Phillies adding Daniel Nava to their 25-man roster. Nava battled with Chris Coghlan for a spot on the roster, but Stassi nearly eliminated the both of them. Instead, the team sent Jesmuel Valentin to Triple-A and put Stassi and Nava on the major-league roster.

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Stassi, Nava, and Andrew Knapp all got their first major-league starts with manager Pete Mackanin wanting to see everyone get some playing time. Nava started in left for Howie Kendrick and batted in the two-hole.

While Stassi and Knapp have yet to collect their first hits as Phillies, Nava did it in grand fashion. He knocked a solo home run in the first inning, then came back and hit another in the third, driving in two.

Nava also made a nice play late in the game, tossing out Zack Cozart at third base for the force out after he hesitated on a line drive.

Nava’s line for the season currently stands as such: .667/.750/2.667, two home runs, three RBI, and a 747 wRC+. It’s safe to say those numbers will fall back to earth, but it’s a great start for the guy who is on his fifth team in three seasons.

Nava told Ryan Lawrence of Philly Voice that Thursday was a great way to start the season after working so hard this offseason to get ready for the season:

"“It makes a lot of the work that I did this offseason, a little more rewarding, a little sweeter,” he said. “That’s a good incentive to keep doing what I’ve been doing…It’s rewarding to contribute. That’s for sure.”"

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