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Phillies 5, Padres 4: Missed opportunities lead to loss

Coulda, shoulda, woulda.

Philadelphia Phillies v San Diego Padres Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

It was a pretty rough day for the Padres. Despite outhitting the Phillies 10-6, some key mistakes saw them fall by a one-run margin in the series opener. Christian Friedrich tossed seven innings, but gave up four runs, all of them coming at the hands of Cameron Rupp.

The Friars did hold a lead for a little while. They started the scoring in the second inning. Alex Dickerson led off with a single and then stole second. Jabari Blash worked a free pass to first, and then Derek Norris almost ruined everything by grounding into a double play. Jose Rondon thankfully plated Dickerson with a single up the middle.

The good guys padded their lead in the third with a little skill and a little luck. Travis Jankowski and Wil Myers both singled, and then a balk by Jeremy Hellickson put them on second and third with one out. Dickerson did his job and hit a sacrifice fly to score Jankowski. That was when the game started to unravel.

Aaron Altherr led off the fourth with a single, and Maikel Franco reached immediately after. One out later, Rupp picked up three RBI in one swing by banging a hanging slider to center field. He picked up his fourth in the sixth inning by hitting a double to left after a Franco single.

The Padres started to claw back in the seventh when Alexei Ramirez hit a solo homer of his own to left field. There might have been more, but the inning ended in embarrassing fashion. Jankowski slid headfirst into second with a double, but as he stood, there was a brief moment where his hands were off the bag before his foot was on it, and the astute second baseman tagged him to end the inning. Just watch it and hate everything.

Philadelphia got that right back in the top of the eighth. Cesar Hernandez drew a leadoff walk off Jose Dominguez and then stole second. A sacrifice fly put him on third, and then Tommy Joseph hit another single to score what ended up being the winning run. Wil Myers answered back with another solo shot, but it wouldn’t be enough. After Blash led off the ninth with a single, but Norris killed the rally before it started by grounding into his second double play of the night.