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.
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.
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.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.