Phillies Battered in Miami

On Saturday, it appeared the Philadelphia Phillies may have figured out their offensive woes …what a difference a day makes. The offensive slide continues. The Phillies get battered by the Marlins again. The final game of a four-game set against The Miami Marlins presented an opportunity for the reeling 4-6 Phillies to shake out of their funk.

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The Marlins had other ideas and turned LoanDepot Park into a House of Horrors. In what looked to be a favorable pitching match-up pitted Elieser Hernandez….who? Against Zack Wheeler. Wheeler was just north of dismal. Three uninspired innings with 8 hits and 7 earned runs on just 66 pitches. Hernandez however, was much better. Six innings surrendering just 5 hits and 1 earned run with one walk.


Manager Joe Girardi, in an effort to find a more consistent line-up, shook things up. JT Realmuto was penciled in the lead-off spot. Getting the hot Realmuto a bit more plate appearances paid off, if only marginally. Realmuto went 1 for 4 and scored a run…okay, check.

Bryce Harper was the DH. That move definitely paid off with Harper going 3 for 5 with a double and a homer. More good news, Kyle Schwarber seems to be getting comfortable at the plate and knocked in a run with a pair of hits one of which was a long ball.

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Now, the Bad News

The Marlins did their best Murderers Row impersonation. Bryan De La Cruz went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Jesus Sanchez, Joey Wendle, and Miguel Rojas all knocked in two and had a combined, 6 for 13. Payton Henry knocked in one on the ground out. Jazz Chisholm Jr. is adding his name to the list of “Philly killers”. 2 for 4 add three runs knocked in …yeah, it was that kind of day. Pre-Season talk was the East being a three-team race between Atlanta, New York, and the Phillies. Coming off a week where they beat the Braves 2 out 3 and then went 3-1 against the Phils, we may have to include the Marlins in the mix. Phillies battered, 11-3.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.