Kyle Schwarber sets the tone as Phillies hold off A’s for opening day win 

It took Phillies fans seven pitches to fall in love with Kyle Schwarber. 

The slugging leadoff man went deep in his first at-bat with his new club Friday afternoon. 

The Phillies never gave up the lead that Schwarber provided and they opened the 2022 season with a 9-5 win over the Oakland A's in front of a sellout crowd of 44,232 at Citizens Bank Park. 

The leadoff spot was a big problem for the Phils in 2021. They had a .302 on-base percentage there, second-worst in the majors. 

Management went out and signed Schwarber to a four-year, million contract with the idea he'd bring on-base skill and power to the spot. 

In addition to his leadoff homer, which came on a 3-2 pitch from Oakland starter Frankie Montas, Schwarber walked and singled home a run in five trips to the plate. 

The leadoff homer electrified the ballpark. 

"What a way to introduce yourself," said teammate Rhys Hoskins, who had two hits and two RBIs 

Schwarber was lured from the dugout for a curtain call after the homer. 

"That was really cool," he said. "I couldn't write it any better for myself. 

It was all special. I always enjoyed coming here as a visiting player.  

Now to be on the home side and go out there and play for these fans is special." 

The win was more difficult than it had to be. 

Aaron Nola ran out of gas in the seventh inning and the defense got ugly with a pair of errors.