FINAL: Marlins 2, Phillies 1
The Philadelphia Phillies offense faltered in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader as they fell to the Miami Marlins, 2-1.
Sixto Sanchez, the key piece in the J.T. Realmuto trade that took place 19 months ago, dominated the Phillies lineup. He tossed his first career complete game, and the Phillies were unable to take advantage of a strong pitching performance from the trio of Ramon Rosso, Connor Brogdon and David Hale.
The Phillies fall to 23-21 on the season, and have two games remaining in this seven-game set against the Marlins.
- Both starting pitchers, Sixto Sanchez and Ramon Rosso, impressed with 1-2-3 innings to start the game.
- In the top of the second, the Phillies struck first. Red-hot Alec Bohm lined a double to right field, and after reaching third on a Phil Gosselin groundout, scored on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Knapp to make it 1-0.
- Rosso cruised through the second inning, adding two strikeouts and allowing one baserunner on a hit batter.
- In the bottom of the third, however, the Marlins got things going. After Jazz Chisholm and Jorge Alfaro reached on back-to-back walks, Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte hit back-to-back singles to make it 2-1.
- After Rosso retired one and walked the next batter, he was relieved by Connor Brogdon. Brogdon struck out Garrett Cooper and Isan Diaz to retire the side.
- Sanchez and Brogdon both traded scoreless fourth innings.
- Sanchez allowed Andrew Knapp to reach on a one-out walk in the fifth, but retired the side on a groundball double play by Adam Haseley
- Brogdon retired the first two batters in the fifth before being lifted in favor of David Hale. It was an impressive outing for Brogdon, who retired all seven Marlins batters that he faced.
- The Phillies threatened with two outs in the top of the sixth. Andrew McCutchen walked and Jean Segura reached on an infield single, but Bryce Harper grounded out to end the threat.
- Sanchez retired the Phillies in order in the seventh to end the game.
Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance
Ramon Rosso: 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 48 pitches.
Rosso pitched very well in his first two innings of work, allowing just one baserunner and striking out three. But he struggled in the third inning, retiring just one batter while allowed two runs on three walks and two hits. He was bailed out by Connor Brogdon, who came in and escaped the jam with no further damage. Brogdon and Hale both pitched very well, keeping the Phillies within one run of the Marlins the whole way.
Sixto Sanchez: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 90 pitches
Efficiency was one of Sanchez’s biggest strengths when he was coming up in the Phillies system, and that continued today. He allowed just seven baserunners in seven innings, and was aided by double plays in the fifth and sixth.
Phillies Nuggets Player of the Game: Sixto Sanchez
Sanchez could not have pitched much better against his former organization. He now has a 1.69 ERA in five career starts, and has a promising major league career ahead of him.
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