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.