Final Score: Marlins 11, Phillies 3
The Phillies have performed woefully in Miami recently, and that continued on Sunday as they dropped the series finale to the Marlins, 11-3. Two triples fueled the Marlins in a four-run second inning, and the Phillies bats couldn’t get anything going to help make this contest competitive.
A leadoff walk to Brian Anderson in the bottom of the second inning followed by three straight Marlins hits, including two triples, quickly put the Phillies down 3-0, and the Marlins added another run on a Jesus Sánchez two-out RBI-single to push the deficit to four. The Marlins added another run in the bottom of the third on a Miguel Rojas RBI single, and loaded the bases with no outs to start the fourth inning.
Cristopher Sanchez was called upon to clean up the mess Zack Wheeler created, and allowed a single to Joey Wendle to bring in two more runs and make it a 7-0 ballgame.
Bryce Harper made it a 7-1 game in the fifth inning when he deposited the first pitch of the at-bat into the Marlins bullpen for his second home run of the season.
The Marlins’ first two hitters of the sixth inning reached base safely, and Jazz Chisholm doubled into the right field corner to bring home Wendle and make it an 8-1 ballgame. The Phillies intentionally walked Miguel Rojas to load the bases with one out, and Sánchez allowed another run on a Payton Henry groundout, his first RBI as a big-leaguer.
Harper brought in his second RBI of the day on an opposite-field double in the seventh to make it 9-2, but the Marlins got the run right back in the bottom of the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Chisholm Jr.
Kyle Schwarber hit his second home run of the season in the top of the eighth inning to make it 10-3, a good sign for him on a day where positives for the Phillies were hard to find.
José Alvarado pitched the eighth inning for the Phillies and allowed a run on one hit and a hit by pitch, the fourth hit by pitch for the Phillies on the day.
The Phillies put two runners on in the top of the ninth, but Harper grounded into a double play to end the game.
The Phillies will look to bounce back tomorrow as they begin a three-game series against the Rockies at Coors Field, where they have not won a series since 2012.
Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance
Zack Wheeler: 3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 66 pitches
Wheeler’s fastball topped out at 95 mph and was consistently sitting at 92-94 mph, down from his average of 97.2 mph last season. He was shaky most of the afternoon, allowing multiple Marlins hitters to reach base in three of the four innings he was on the mound.
Elieser Hernández: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 91 pitches
This was the longest start of Hern´ández’s career, and the only blemish on his line is Harper’s homer. Although he allowed a baserunner in every inning, he was able to limit the damage and prevent runners from advancing once they reached base.
Phillies Nugget Of The Game
This was the most runs Wheeler has allowed in a start as a Phillie, and most since April 7, 2019, when he allowed seven earned runs in 4 2/3 IP in a start against the Washington Nationals as a member of the New York Mets.
Ticket IQ Next Game
- Monday, April 18 vs. Colorado Rockies at Coors Field
- 8:40 p.m. ET
- TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
- Radio: Sportsradio 94 WIP
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