Phillies Lose Finale but Still Take Series from Marlins

The Philadelphia Phillies win another series, by beating the Marlins in 2 out of 3 games. They were unable to capitalize on a sweep, with Phils Ace Zack Wheeler having an uncharacteristically bad start on Sunday. He gave up 6 earned runs in only 4 innings pitched. Marlins asked fans to bring out their drums, vuvuzelas, and other noise makers to drown out the crickets in the stadium. However if it did anything to help, it was for one game only.

Game 1 – Suave is Ranger’s Middle Name

Coming into Friday’s Series against the Miami Marlins, the Philadelphia Phillies had won 11 of their last 13 games. Miami had the 3rd worst record in MLB, while the Phillies have the best record in MLB.

The Phillies turned to smooth left hander Ranger Suarez ( 6-0, 1.77 ERA ) to start Friday’s series opener. Heading into the game, Ranger is 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA in 18 career games ( 7 Starts ) vs. the Marlins.

The Marlins have already waved the white flag this early in the season, as GM Kim Ng has publicly come out and said the team are sellers. They showed their hand, by dealing last year’s NL batting champ Luis Arraez to the San Diego Padres.

Miami had countered with Left-Handed pitcher Trevor Rogers (0-5, 6.15) to start Friday. In his career against the Phightins, he is 1-5 with a 6.70 with 9 games started.

Phils Win a Laugher

The Phillies easily won Friday’s game against Miami 8-2. Ranger went 7 innings, giving up only 3 hits, 0 R, 2 BB, and 9 strikeouts. 7 of those strikeouts were on called 3rd strikes. Suarez won his 7th game of the year and is now 7-0 in 8 starts this year. Only other Phillies Pitcher to do that was Steve Carlton in 1981.

“I just try to focus as I always do,” Suárez said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a good team or bad team. We’re in the big leagues. All teams are dangerous.”

“I think this is the best run he’s been on, no doubt about it,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “He’s really been focused and locked in. Very consistent.”

Meanwhile, Trevor Rogers had a game for the Marlins he’d rather forget soon. His overall line was 3.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. After he was pulled from the game, Rogers took his frustration out in the dugout. He threw his hat and glove, knocked over some items, and showed the water cooler who’s boss.

Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said, “No one wants to get their ass kicked every night. I think people are probably sick of that. I think there’s probably frustration, but I think anger is good at times because it builds adrenaline, it means you care.”

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Casty Heating Up

In the Top 2nd, Nick Castellanos gets the game going with a dinger to right center. Nick has been getting hot in May, and the Phils can surely use a hot stretch from him, with fellow right-hander Trea Turner out for the next several weeks. Johan Rojas also chipped in by going 3-5 with an RBI single in the 2nd and a solo shot to left in the 7th inning. Bryce Harper also added an RBI double in the 8th inning, sealing the Marlins fate. The only time the Marlins scored was when Gregory Soto relieved Ranger in the 8th inning. Soto gave up an RBI double to Josh Bell. Jose Alvarado came in the 9th to end Miami’s pain.

Game 2 – Taijuan Walker Throws a Quality Start; Phils Keep Rolling

The Phillies keep it rolling Saturday in game 2 of the series in Miami. They win 8-3 against the Marlins. Coming in, Taijuan Walker vs. Marlins—12 Appearances, 11 starts, 5-2 with a 3.41 ERA. He went 6 Innings, gave up 8 Hits, and struck out 4. It’s not a great performance by Walker, but he does throw a quality start, keeping the Phillies in the game and giving them a chance to score runs.

The Phillies were unable to score a run until the Top 6th inning, where they broke the game open, putting up a 4 spot to take the lead. With a fine piece of hitting, Bryson Stott takes a low and inside pitch and clears the bases with a bases-loaded triple. They took the lead from the Marlins, who were winning 1-0 at that point and never looked back. Stott, who was batting 6th on Saturday, also had support from the bottom half of the lineup.

Bottom of the lineup coming thru for the Marlins on Saturday. “The bottom of the lineup has done a great job the last couple of days,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “It’s good to see. We’re getting guys time off and the guys that don’t usually play are performing.”

Rob Thomson keeping the Phillies playing at a high level, no matter the opponent. “We have to stay humble and keep going,” he said. “We’ve got a good club, but this game will humble you in a hurry.”

JT Shows off the Hose

On the other side of the mound, Jesus Luzardo made his first start since April 20th due to elbow tightness. Coming into the game, Luzardo was 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA and 37 K in 30 1/3 innings. He pitched a fine game, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing 2 runs and 4 hits, while striking out 8. However, it wasn’t enough once the Phillies forced him out of the game. Prior to Stott’s clutch AB, JT Realmuto started the scoring in the 6th with an RBI single. He also added his signature gold glove defense by throwing out two runners trying to steal 2nd earlier in the game.

The Phillies didn’t look back once taking over the lead in the 6th. Stott added another RBI on an infield single in the 8th. Christian Pache also knocked in a run, going 3-4. Johan Rojas added a 2-RBI single.

The Marlins could only score via the long ball in this one. Vidal Brujan hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 5th. Otto Lopez hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th, but it was too late at that point. Jose Ruiz completed the inning for mop up duty.

Game 3 – Zack has the Wheels Falling off

Phillies came into Sunday looking for the sweep of the Marlins on getaway day for both teams. Wheeler was looking for his 5th Straight win. Wheeler lifetime vs. Miami is 10-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 22 games. However, it was not meant to be today, as the Phillies lost 7-6 to the Marlins in 10 innings.

Braxton Garrett made his first start of the season due to a shoulder impingement injury. In his career vs. the Phillies, he is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 5 starts.

Flyers Let Early Lead Slip Away, Lose to Capitals

The Phils’ game started off promising, as Nick Castellanos hit a 3-run homer in the Top of the first. He enjoyed a nice homecoming this series, hitting two HRs to go with four RBIs.

After that, the Marlins stringed together hits and runs, as Wheeler didn’t have his best stuff today. The Marlins scored off Wheeler in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings. His day ended after that with a final line of 4 IP, 6 H, and 6 R, all earned, with 3 BB and only 2 Ks. The Phillies were down 6-0 at that point.

Phils Kept Phightin

The Phightin’ Phillies stayed true to their namesake as they battled back to tie the game in the 6th inning. Edmundo Sosa tripled to left field, scoring Bryson Stott and Bryce Harper. The game was 6-6 after that and remained tied until the Bottom of the 10th. The Marlins, with the help of some luck and the ghost runner, won the game, with Emmanuel Rivera getting a hit off the backside of pitcher Gregory Soto.

While the Phillies lost the game, they still took the Series against the Marlins. The Phillies are averaging 7.52 Runs over the past 8 games. Even with today’s loss, the Phillies still have the best record in the majors. With today’s win, Miami is still the worst team in MLB.

Up next for the Phillies: They travel to Queens to play a two-game set with the Mets. Christopher Sanchez is on the bump for the Phillies, and Sean Manaea is going for the Mets. The Marlins travel to Detroit for a three-game series with the Tigers.

Sal Giuffrida
Sal Giuffrida

Sal “Sal G.” Giuffrida has lived in the Philadelphia area for over 40 years. His specialty coverage includes the Phillies and Eagles. Follow him on X @salgphilly.



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