Lineup: Galvis SS/Hernandez 2B/Herrera CF/Franco 3B/Howard 1B/Rupp C/Hunter LF/Bourjos RF/Nola P
Notes for today:
Nola threw a career-high eight strikeouts Wednesday against Cincinnati. He went seven innings and surrendered one run (home run). He allowed 10 fly balls and seven ground balls in the effort.
Cameron Rupp gets the home-opener start; he’s the only catcher Nola has ever thrown to in the majors.
Cedric Hunter starts the home opener too. His first taste of the majors came in 2011 with the Padres, the team that drafted him. In six games with San Diego, he hit .250 and scored a run.
Ryan Howard has hit 11 career home runs against the Padres (59 games).
Padres starter Cashner has pitched well in his career against the Phils (2-1, 1,93 ERA in nine games).
Your Gameday Beer: The Phillies are back home, which means going with a local brew. I’m grabbing a personal favorite, Brawler, from Yards Brewing right over in Northern Liberties. This easy English Mild Ale at 4.2% ABV is perfect for a weekday afternoon. Sip away. Go Phils!