Nola struggles, but Phillies take opener from Brewers

Nola struggles, but Phillies take opener
In less than ideal conditions, the Phillies managed to battle an early deficit to beat the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park, 7-4, in the first game of a four-game set between the two clubs.

J.T. Realmuto delivered the ultimate game-winning hit with an RBI-double in the seventh inning. Odubel Herrera followed later in the frame with a double of his own to add insurance.

Aaron Nola had a rough go of things early, needing 38 pitches to get through the first inning. He lasted just three innings and allowed eight men to reach base. The bullpen surrendered just one run over the final six innings to shut down the Brewers at the plate.

"Just kind of in-the-zone, out-of-the-zone stuff," Nola told reporters afterward. "The pitch [count] just kept creeping up. It was pretty embarrassing on my part, but the bullpen came in and did their part."

Bryce Harper was hitless on the night with three strikeouts but made an outstanding defensive play in the seventh inning with a diving catch on a Mike Moustakas liner to right that could have cleared the bases for the Brewers.

"The catch was sensational," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "Pivotal moment in the game. It really won the game for us in a lot of ways."

Cesar Hernandez led the offense for the Phils, collecting two hits, including a two-run homer in the fourth. He's now hitting .306 on the season.

Pat Neshek tossed a scoreless ninth to record his second save of the season.

The two clubs resume their four-game set on Tuesday night with Jerad Eickhoff facing off against Brandon Woodruff.

Tuesday's Lineup
McCutchen 7
Segura 6
Harper 9
Hoskins 3
Realmuto 2
Hernandez 4
Herrera 8
Franco 5
Eickhoff 1
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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