Things Kept Getting Worse for the Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies return home to a sellout crowd after a quick road trip to the motor city. They took two out of three from the Tigers for the first road series win since May against the New York Mets. The Marlins are coming off a road series loss to the Kansas City Royals. That is after a two-series win streak in a 4-2 homestand against the Cardinals and Mariners. The Phillies had a game they would soon like to forget. From a wasted Zack Wheeler performance to a bullpen implosion, and worse of all, injuries to two key players in Kyle Schwarber and Bryce Harper, things just kept getting worse for the Phillies.

The Phillies have won 27 of their last 32 games at Citizens Bank Park, with a .844 winning percentage and a +104 run differential (191-87) at home. They have not lost a series at CBP since April 1-3 vs. CIN (1-2) and have a 9-0-3 record in series play in South Philly since then. That would not be the case in tonight’s menagerie of unfortunate events.

Spencer Turnbull’s Return is Cut Short

RHP Spencer Turnbull was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right lat strain, the Phillies announced before Thursday’s game against the Miami Marlins. Reliever Yunior Marte has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Manager Rob Thomson revealed that the Phillies expect to be without Turnbull for more than just a couple of weeks.

“It’s probably gonna be six weeks, could be eight weeks,” Thomson said. “With his injury history, we’re gonna be careful with him and make sure we do this thing right.”

Michael Mercado looks to be the next man up for the Phightins. When exactly that start will take place isn’t yet clear. Mercado will be available out of the bullpen tonight and Friday against Miami. After that, Mercado will pitch out of the rotation. He likely won’t be in the starting rotation until July 2 at Wrigley Field, which would have been Turnbull’s next start.

Wheelin’ & Dealin’ Until….the Bullpen?

Zack Wheeler pitched 6 and 2/3 innings against the Marlins. He struck out 5 and walked only 2 batters (plus 1 hit batter). He gave up six hits over those innings. When he left, he had runners on first and second. The usually surehanded Matt Strahm would plunk CF Jazz Chisholm to load the bases. He would allow a bases-clearing double to DH Bryan De La Cruz to tie the game 3-3 immediately after he surrendered the lead to Miami with an RBI double from 1B Josh Bell.

Jeff Hoffman would also struggle. He allowed a leadoff homerun to Jake Burger to give the lead back to the Marlins. He would follow up with a double form LF Nick Gordon. A wild pitch would move Nick Gordon to third, and then a fielding error from an unlikely candidate, Edmundo Sosa, would allow another run to cross home plate for the Fish.

Yunior Marte returned to the Phillies after being placed back on the roster when Turnbull went on the IL. He struck out the first two batters and followed up with two singles and an RBI, extending the Marlins’ lead to three runs.

To the Action

The Phillies start off hot, as usual, at CBP. After Trea Turner is walked by Marlins starting Pitcher Trevor Rogers, Bryce Harper collects his 1600th career hit with an RBI double to straightaway center field. That also extends Bryce’s current hit streak to 12 games. The Phillies draw first blood early with a 1-0 lead.

The bats would be fairly quiet for the next few innings. That is until backup catcher Rafael Marchan blasts a solo home run to left field, extending the Phillies’ lead to 2-0. In the next inning, Trea Turner hit a double to start the inning. Later, Nick Castellanos would work a two-out walk, followed by Edmundo Sosa’s RBI single to left field. The Phillies would be up 3-0 after 5 innings.

In the sixth, after leading the inning off with a single from Marlins DH Bryan De La Cruz, Rafael Marchan threw him out, attempting to steal second. Wheeler and the defense would blank Miami for that Stanza.

The Marlins would take the lead in the seventh inning when Matt Strahm imposed and allowed 4 runs. The Phillies would tie the game up at 4 in the bottom half of the seventh. A sac fly from Alec Bohm would score Trea Turner from third. But this wouldn’t last long. A circus of errors from a wild pitch to a fielding error, topped with a bad outing from Jeff Hoffman, would give Miami a 6-4 lead. Marte would allow another run, which would be the end for the Phillies in a 7-4 loss.

Injury Bug Issues?

Kyle Schwarber would get lifted in the ninth with left groin tightness. He noted he felt it in the field and was lifted for precautionary reasons.

We treated it and will see where it goes from there tomorrow. I personally and hopefully do not think it is going to be super serious.

Kyle Schwarber Post Game

To make matters worse, Bryce Harper also had lower left hamstring discomfort running up the line on the last lineup. He was discussing it post-game.

I felt my lower hammy [hamstring] just a little bit, and we are going to get it imaged tomorrow to see what that looks like.

Bryce Harper Post Game

This is new territory for Bryce Harper from an injury standpoint. He does not have any previous injuries like this to compare to gauge the severity of the issue.

I have never felt anything like this before.

Bryce Harper Post Game

The Phillies injury bug has been rearing its ugly head lately.

Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.

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