The bats came out at night.
Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco, and Nick Williams each hit two homers, while Carlos Santana hit one of his own to tie the franchise record for home runs in a game in a 9-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
All but one of the runs scored in the game by both teams came from homers. Cesar Hernandez’s RBI single in the top of the eighth was the only non-home run RBI. He did get out trying to stretch it to a double. Everyone in the starting lineup except Ranger Suarez got a hit, with Santana and Odubel Herrera being the only two guys that had just one hit.
Suarez had a decent debut, going five innings and giving up four runs off six hits and striking out three. Luis Garcia, Pat Neshek, Tommy Hunter, and Jake Thompson all had solid efforts and gave up no hits in their appearances. Adam Morgan went 1/3 of an inning and gave up two hits.
The Phils play game two of their four-game series tonight at 7:10 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. At least it’s not Facebook, which the team will be on again in August. Nick Pivetta is scheduled to get the start. Vince Velasquez and Zach Eflin follow later in the weekend.
With the Phillies doing well but also at times not well, could you like and not like Gabe Kapler? It’s a weird question, but one that has to be answered.
Day 1 of training camp is in the books, and it was a light 10-10-10 day at NovaCare. But the biggest development came when Carson Wentz participated in 11-on-11 drills. Those honeymoon workouts helped.
The team has a new motto. Instead of underdogs, the team is embracing the target on their back:
Eagles no more underdog shirts. New slogan for repeat
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) July 26, 2018
“I’m running and doing stuff now,” Graham said as he walked to the locker room after watching his teammates go through practice at the NovaCare Complex. “Just being smart, trying to make sure it [the injury] isn’t something that comes back. I’m just trying to make sure that I’m ready for Game 1. That’s the biggest thing.
“I’m confident. I’m always a confident guy. I’ll just make sure I work one day at a time, like I’ve been doing, but that’s the goal, Week 1.”
Ideally, however, Graham would like to make an appearance on the practice field well before the Birds’ Week 1 matchup against the Falcons.
“I believe that being in football shape means you’ve got to play football,” he added. “I think we’re going to make that call when it’s time. Right now, I’m just trying to be smart and make sure that I’m at least in offseason shape, and then when I get on the field, just making sure I’m getting used to pushing and pulling on people. It’s just a process and I’m embracing it. And I think Game 1 is where we’re shooting for.”
Label Nick Foles however you want. He doesn’t care what you think of him.
Despite Corey Clement filling Darren Sproles’ role for much of last season, Sproles isn’t ready to pass the torch just yet.
Nigel Bradham’s one-game suspension was almost six games.
In non-training camp news, Nelson Agholor was labeled a “bust” by Pro Football Focus. They’re a year behind everyone.
The Sixers officially signed second round pick Shake Milton to a two-way deal.
The AT&T Station has a new name: NRG Station.
Kyle spent the morning at the 2018 Business of Sports panel in Center City before heading over to NovaCare.
In other sports news, Aaron Judge fractured his wrist after getting hit by a pitch and will miss at least three weeks.
Browns camp is already interesting:
Browns quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield have acquired an RV and parked it here on the premises for training camp so they can have a top secret clubhouse. Only QBs allowed inside for now and no name yet. They won’t tell me what goes on inside.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) July 26, 2018
Not the best photo of the QB clubhouse but the future of the Browns is being molded in the Sunseeker. pic.twitter.com/ivZySOaSgk
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) July 27, 2018
This is John Wall:
john wall looks how 2018 feels pic.twitter.com/cvsHOrWOtP
— martin rickman (@martinrickman) July 26, 2018
In the news, a suspect in Delaware stole 1,700 gallons (!) of gas.
Wildfires are hitting Northern California. Some are creating “firenadoes.”
The world’s oldest living person now has died at 117. She’s from Japan.