Phillies’ Gibson throws a gem to open season

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PHILADELPHIA — Greenfield’s Kyle Gibson pitched a gem for the Philadelphia Philles on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics at Citizens Bank Park.

Gibson, a Greenfield-Central graduate, pitched seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks issued in his first start this season for the Phillies.

The right-hander fell one shy of his single-game, career-high for strikeouts and got swing and misses on 16 of his 82 pitches, according to NBCsports.com.

Gibson was reported of changing speeds well with his sinker, fastball and change up.

The Phillies won the second game in the three-game series, 4-2, to open the year 2-0.

Gibson’s performance marked the fourth double-digit strikeout game of his 10-year career, according to SBNation.

Gibson, 34, joined Yu Darvish, Jose Berrios and David Price as the only pitchers in MLB history to go seven innings with no runs allowed, no walks and 10-plus strikeouts in 85 or fewer pitches thrown.

Zack Wheeler and Gibson are the only Phillies in the past 25 years to spin at least seven shutout innings with 10-plus strikeouts in their season debuts, as reported by SBNation’s Matt Tadelphia.

Gibson was traded to the Phillies in 2021 after carrying a 6-3 record through 19 starts with a 2.87 ERA while with the Texas Rangers. In 11 starts for the Phillies last year, Gibson went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA.

Gibson’s next start will be Thursday at Miami inside LoanDepot Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m.