Phillies News: Aaron Nola pitches gem, Cristian Pache and Taijuan Walker listed as day-to-day
The Philadelphia Phillies took game one in the rematch of the 2022 World Series against the Houston Astros. The offense got things started in the top of the first inning on a Kyle Schwarber home run. Aaron Nola would go on to allow one run— a solo home run to Jeremy Pena— in his best start of the season. Cristian Pache and Brandon Marsh also knocked in runs for the Phillies in the 3-1 victory.
The next game is Saturday at 5:10 pm. The Phillies will turn to Zack Wheeler (2-1, 4.73 ERA) in game two of the series. He will be opposed by Cristian Javier (2-0, 3.21 ERA) for the Astros.
- Cristian Pache was removed from Friday night's game after he doubled to knock in a run. After the game, Rob Thomson indicated the Pache's removal from the game was precautionary and that there is no major injury concern.
- Phillies' starter Taijuan Walker was pulled from his start after the fourth inning on Wednesday due to forearm tightness. The club released positive news on Walker indicating that he is not expected to miss his not start.
- Aaron Nola had his most effective start of the season on Friday night. Nola pitched eight innings against the talented Astros' offense and allowed just one earned run. Nola struck out six and did not surrender a walk in 107 pitches.
- Right fielder Nick Castellanos robbed a home run off the bat of Alex Bregman in the bottom of the first inning. The play saved a run and showed that Castellanos' defense has been improving since his arrival in Philadelphia.
- New York Yankees' outfielder Aaron Judge had an MRI on his right hip. Judge will spend some time on the injured list. Yankees' manager Aaron Boone said that while he does not believe the injury is too serious, the team still does not have a clear picture while they await results.
- Some injury concerns arose for the Texas Rangers on Friday as their newly signed ace, Jacob deGrom, exited his start with tightness in his forearm. The Rangers' ace was pulled in the fourth inning and while the Rangers still won the game, the news is unsettling for Texas. The right-hander has an injury-ridden past and the Rangers will hold their breath as they await an update after more testing.