If Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles is any indication — a game in which all of their runs came courtesy of the long ball — the Phillies should have a lot easier time scoring runs than they did last year.
The only thing is just one of the players who went deep figures to be a starter to begin the season.
Tommy Joseph, the team's first baseman, hit the first of four Philadelphia home runs in a 7-5 win. His two-run shot in the second inning produced the first runs of the game.
Scott Kingery, Brock Stassi and Aaron Altherr also homered for the Phillies.
Kingery (3-for-4) and Altherr (2-for-3) were the only Phillies with multiple hits.
Clay Buchholz started, pitching in his first game in a Phillies uniform. He threw two scoreless innings, allowing two hits while walking one.
The Orioles got their first run off of Jeanmar Gomez in the inning he pitched but did most of their damage with Nick Pivetta and Elniery Garcia on the mound. Both Pivetta and Garcia allowed two runs, although only one of Garcia's was earned and he actually ended up with the win.