Phillies Squeak By Marlins on Two First Inning Runs – Phillies Nation

Phillies Squeak By Marlins on Two First Inning Runs

It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.

The Phillies beat the Marlins, 2-1, with both runs coming in the top of the first inning. Of their five hits on the night, just one came in that first inning. But three consecutive walks, including one to Darin Ruf with the bases loaded, and a Kevin Frandsen ground out, plated the only runs of the evening. It was just enough.

Zach Miner led the bullpen-game effort, tossing the first four innings. The winning pitcher, Michael Stutes, pitched the fifth, and was followed by Ramirez, Diekman, and then Papelbon for the save. It was Stutes’ first appearance since June 22 after a DL stint with a biceps injury.

Saturday’s game will also be a full bullpen game as Roy Halladay will be unable to make his final start of the season due to arm fatigure and an illness he disclosed to the media after yesterday’s debacle.

The Phillies and Marlins will finish out the series tomorrow as Cole Hamels battles Brad Hand. Hamels will look for his ninth win of the year in his final start.



  1. Bruce

    September 25, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Yeah, I know it’s the Marlins suffering their 100th loss of the season (and counting). Nevertheless, one can still see some positives in looking forward to next seasion’s spring training. It’s good to see some of the young relievers getting some experience along with fine tuning their pitches and developing some confidence. The bullpen did a credible job tonight. It’s not often (to say the least) to see the Phillies win a game with just two runs this season.

    I’m rooting for Papelbon to get that 30th save for the 8th straight season. He has 29 saves now (285 for his career) with 5 games left for the season.

    While on the subject of pitching, it’s going to be very interesting to see how the Phillies will resolve their holes in the starting rotation next spring. It obviously has to start there having only two top starters (Lee and Hamels).

    It will also be interesting to see how the new manager, Ryne Sandberg handles his team for spring training in preparation for the new season. With Howard, Rollins, Revere and Utley returning, there will be a delicate situation in finding a position and playing time for Cesar Hernandez. Cody Asche’s lackluster performance with his at bats (he looked lost as an undisplined hacker) is creating doubts for next season. However, Phillies have no choice but hope he can fill the role at 3rd base.

    I should also congratulate Sandberg on his new 3 year contract. Of course, as a Phillies fan, I do wish him great success in the coming years.

    • schmenkman

      September 25, 2013 at 2:44 am

      Asche’s slumping, but I still think it’s his job to lose at 3rd for at least the start of 2014:

      first 17 PAs: 1 for 17, .059/.111/.059 (.170 OPS)
      next 124 PAs: .304/.371/.518 (.889 OPS)
      last 24 PAs: 2 for 20, .100/.208/.150 (.358 OPS)

  2. Hogey's Role

    September 25, 2013 at 8:26 am

    With 5 games left I hope we can secure a top ten pick as we’re currently in a 4 way tie for ninth right now, it would be good insurance in case we do sign someone who was offered a q.o. However in these last five games I hope to see rupp get a lot of time, I don’t understand why they aren’t trying to see what he can do at this level, I understand he do want know the pitching staff that we’ll but these games don’t matter, I think he at least deserves a shot he might be able to back up next year for Ruiz, if Ruiz stays, which the phillies have said they’d like to retain him…. It would be a good learning opportunity for rupp to be taught by Ruiz as well…. It’s going to be a tough offseason for the phils there are a lot if decisions to be made on quite a few players…. If one thing can be said for amaro it’s that he can get very creative, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get into the bidding on pence with the monster last couple of weeks he has had, I don’t think that would be the best option but I am interested to see how the hot stove will heat up this winter

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