The Phillies got the biggest get in Philadelphia sports right now — Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, fresh off a Super Bowl win — to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Thursday afternoon’s home opener against the Marlins. Pederson was wearing the jersey of the late Roy Halladay and, like Halladay, threw a perfect strike.
Here’s the video from NBC Sports Philadelphia:
Pederson got the loudest cheers of anyone at the stadium. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler received the fewest and was, in fact, booed lustily.
Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.
Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.
That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.