Get used to this.
Nick Pivetta started Friday’s game against the Braves. He pitched four innings, then was lifted for the bullpen. Nearly all of the bullpen.
Jake Thompson was the last pitcher left as Drew Hutchison closed out the Braves, 5-4, in 11 innings. The Phillies nearly lost the lead completely in the eighth inning, but thankfully J.P. Crawford threw a strike relay throw to stop Peter Bourjos from scoring on a Dansby Swanson double. A few innings later, Carlos Santana lifted a sacrifice fly that scored Crawford, putting the Phils up for good.
Santana added his first Phillies’ home run, driving in three on the night, while Rhys Hoskins belted his first home run of 2018 in the second inning. Scott Kingery added his first two major league hits, both singles, in the win.
Gabe Kapler used eight of his nine relievers Friday, which is just incredible. But multiple pitchers threw less than one inning, so chances are they’ll be available Saturday in the final game of the three-game set in Atlanta. That’s good, because they will certainly be used.