2019 Postgame Recaps

Despite Nola’s solid outing, Phillies lose in extra innings to Marlins

Starlin Castro drilled a 10th inning home run to provide the winning margin in a 3-1 Marlins victory over the Phillies on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park. (Keith Allison)

The Phillies donned their powdered blue jerseys as they took to the field for “Throwback Thursday” against the Miami Marlins. While the uniforms were pretty, the end results weren’t. The Phillies (13-12) lost in extra innings by a 3-1 score to Miami (8-17) in the opener of a four-game series between the division rivals.

The Phillies started off the game looking like they were on the verge of an offensive breakout. Miami starter Caleb Smith, who had shut the Phillies down on one hit earlier in the month, threw 30+ pitches in the 1st inning. That included a battle with J.T. Realmuto that lasted 16 pitches. Smith would win that one with a strikeout.

However, the Phillies were able to get on the board first thanks to a Sean Rodriguez home run, his first of the season.

Meanwhile, Aaron Nola got off to a bit of a shaky start as well. The right-hander allowed base runners in each of the first four innings. The Marlins finally broke through in the top of the third when Martin Prado (.297 in 144 games against the Phillies) delivered an RBI single to center field to score Lewis Brinson. That tied the game at one apiece.

The Phillies finally put their first runner in scoring position when Andrew McCutchen drilled a double off the left field wall in the bottom of the sixth. He then was able to advance to third on a Realmuto fly ball. However, consecutive fly outs by Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins ended the scoring opportunity.

Nola once again got into some trouble in the top of the 7th, leaving the game with runners on the corners and two outs. Adam Morgan was able to come in and end the inning, ensuring Nola left the game with just the single run allowed.

The Phillies once again left a runner in scoring position when Cesar Hernandez doubled to the left side. Rodriguez and pinch-hitter Nick Williams both struck out, again stranding the go-ahead run.

Things got dicey for the Phillies in the top of the ninth when, with Miquel Rojas on second, Isaac Galloway singled to left field. Rojas was waved around third, but Williams, who had remained in the game after his pinch at-bat and was inserted to left field with McCutchen flipping over to center, had other ideas. Williams gunned a beautiful throw to home plate, Realmuto delivered a perfect tag, and Rojas was the out.

The crowd was pumped for the bottom of the 9th, but Tayron Guerrero dominated Harper, Hoskins and Franco, sending the game to extra-innings.

The Phillies’ luck would run out in the top of the 10th. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler left Hector Neris in for a second inning of relief and the righty nearly repaid his skipper’s confidence, retiring the first two Marlins batters. But then Neil Walker laced a double to left field, putting the go-ahead run in scoring position.

Starlin Castro then delivered the key hit of the night, sending a ball out on a line to left field for a two-run homer that gave the Marlins their first lead of the game. That 3-1 score would end up being the final as Sergio Romo retired the Phillies in order in the bottom of the 10th inning for his fourth Save of the year.

Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Matchup

  • Caleb Smith continued his strong start to the year, giving up just one run and three hits in six innings, striking out eight and walking one. Smith threw 102 pitches and lowered his ERA to the 2.17 mark.
  • Aaron Nola showed signs of his old self against the Marlins. After escaping some jams early on, Nola settled in. He even showed off his defense, making a great off-balanced throw to second base during a bunt attempt to get the out. He pitched 6.2 innings, giving up one runĀ and seven hits while striking out four and walking one. The outing lowered his ERA to the 5.73 mark.

Phillies Nuggets Player of the Game: Starlin Castro

  • While both pitchers had fantastic outings, it was Castro who broke the low-scoring game open with his two-run home run in the top of the tenth. Those would be the game-winning runs. On the day, Castro was two for four with two RBIs, one run and one walk.

Next Game

  • Friday, April 25th at Citizens Bank Park
  • 7:05 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP, WTTM 1680 (Spanish)


  1. Ed Lange

    April 26, 2019 at 6:40 am

    What is a powered blue jersey?

  2. Jeff Orbach

    April 26, 2019 at 9:24 am

    I’m beginning to wonder, how much truth there is to Keith Hernandez’s comments about the Phillies Clubhouse lacking discipline in 2018 and how much of that may be carrying over to 2019.

    Harper looks like he’s trying to pull everything and is , therefore striking out on outside fastballs. We also can’t forget that he missed about a month of Spring training, so he’s probably behind. I wish we’d change hitting coaches because I think Mallee’s approach means there are too many strikeouts and not enough contact.

    • Matthew Veasey

      April 26, 2019 at 11:17 am

      He didn’t seem to be “behind” when he slashed .417/.563/.917 with six extra-base hits and eight walks over his first seven games. We’re now a month into the season, and Bryce only missed a week of games at the start of spring training. That’s certainly no part of the equation. He is right now on a pace to hit 30 homers with 90 RBIs and 90 runs scored, 42 doubles, 120 walks. His career OBP is .388 and right now he is at the .393 mark. His batting average is just .253 and he has a career .278 mark, but he did hit just .249 last year and .243 in 2016, so this isn’t unprecedented for him. I think Harper is just fine. He is in a bit of a slump right now, which every single player in baseball goes through, usually a few times each season. He’ll snap out at some point and go off for a couple weeks. We need to relax…it’s a 162-game grind. This isn’t the NFL.

    • schmenkman

      April 29, 2019 at 5:43 pm

      Agree with Matt, Harper is doing fine so far. As for Mallee, he’s been singled out as a big reason for Franco’s success.

      The Phillies have been striking out at around an average rate, or even a little less. They also have the 3rd best BB/K ratio in the NL.

  3. Jeff Orbach

    May 1, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Harper is still not hitting fastballs!I hope he’s behind from missing Spring Training, because if he’s not it’s going to be a long season.

    Mallee , while having success with Franco, it seems nearly every other hitter has taken a step back under his tutelage. There’s a reason the Cubs let him go, I think we’re seeing it now.

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