The Phillies rallied but could not overcome the eight earned runs given up by Jerome Williams in Thursday night’s 9-7 loss to the Marlins. (USA Today Images)
For the 2nd time this season I virtually cover a game the day a 5 Yr run Icon is let go. It is hard for me to add to my esteemed collegue Ali Van Norden‘s heartfelt and excellent post here on Pattison Ave Thank You Chase. I am glad to say that I was there last night -part of my regular 17 game plan – and of course was thrilled w/ the way they won the game – especially the Solid 7 by Adam Morgan, and the 1st Hit, RBI’s and HR by Aaron Altherr (see notes below) But the topper was Chase saluting the crowd after the winning celebration. It made it even more meaningful to sing along w/ Harry, as we do after each win, because though we will miss Chase and wish him the best, I have High Hopes on the direction this team is finally headed, and look forward to the next whatever year run may be for this new crop of kids, and more to come, that we are seeing now.
Meanwhile, on to tonight’s game between your Philadelphia Phillies, and the Miami Marlins that started a Divisional four game set.
Phils scored right off the bat after loading the bases w/ one out, on 2 singles by Andres Blanco, and Odubel Herrara (of the bunt variety), and then a walk of Jeff Francoeur by Marlins starter Brad Hand. They only got one out of it though on the Sac Fly by Darin Ruf.
Phillies starter Jerome Williams, who had pitched very well his last 3 outings often evoking Houdini at times, but getting the job done, tonight once again tested himself by by loading the bases – including a hit by Ichiro who is tearing it up against the Phils this season – w/ no outs, and proceeded to WP the 1st run in, and then gave up runs on a GO and a Sac Fly.. and the hits and walks kept coming (4 hits and 2 BBs in all in the 1st) and gave up another run as the Fish bat around.
Phillies bats were silenced for awhile after that. The Marlins, not so much, as a pair of 2 run Circling Fish Displays (Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna) later, Williams is gone after only 1.2 innings, giving up 8 runs, all earned, on 8 hits, 4 walks and only 1 K. Cesar Jimenez came on to settle things down after that.
Except for Darnell Sweeney, just put on the squad in the Chase Utley trade, getting his 1st MLB ab, an IF pop out , not much of interest in the Phillies 1/2 innings, and Jimenez quiets the Fins for 2.1 scoreless.
Justin DeFratus w/ one of his best innings in awhile also got the Marlins 1-2-3 w/ two Ks and a line out in the 5th. He got into some 2 out bases loaded trouble in the 6th, buts retired Ozuna, an excellent hitter w/ bases juiced, on a GO to end the threat.
Hand left after 6, w/ a 7 run lead giving up only that 1st inning run,4 hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks.
Thing started to get interesting after he left as Altherr on a 10 pitch AB, 4 fouls, greeted new Marlins pitcher Scott McGough – in his 1st MLB appearance – w/ a double and Freddy Galvis drove him home. After McGough got a GO of Carlos Ruiz on a great play by Dee Gordon, and then his 1st MLB K on Domonic Brown, Cesar Hernandez singled Galvis in for the 1st of 2, 2 out runs. Herrara keept it going w/ a single the other way to score Hernandez, as the suddenly Phightin’s chipped away late to make it 8-4 heading to the 7th inning stretch.
A sweet 5-4-3 DP started by Blanco helped Adam Loewen to a scoreless 7th.
Phils kept the comeback going w/ a 7 pitch walk to Altherr, who has showed great patience so far, and he scored on a 3b by Galvis in the RF corner. Chooch followed w/ another long AB single just in front of LF Cole Gillespie to plate Freddy to make it 8-6 giving themselves a chance, albeit against the Marlins closer A. J. Ramos.
Ichiro, who must wish he could play the Phillies every day, and Prado are right in the thick of it again as the Marlins got an insurance run back, and the 1st run off a Phillies reliever tonight.
Pinch hitting Cody Asche got that one right back on a 2nd deck shot to RF. Ramos the k’s Ryan Howard and Altherr to put an end to this 3 hours 33 minute + slug fest in front of 19,689 @ Marlins Park.
Even though it was just another loss in a season full of them, it was nice to see this team fight back, even if it was too little too late.. and any game where Everybody Hits, WooHoo! is a good night for the offense.
Brad Hand (3-3) gets the win; give the L to Jerome Williams who falls to 4-9.
After their hot post ASG start the Phils have now lost 5/6, though as my .comrades at Sports-Boards.net keep reminding me that by losing to the Marlins it will help the Phils to that coveted 1st draft pick slot.
Altherr was the 1st Phillie to 6 personal 1sts (Hit,2B, HR, RBI, BB, & R) in the same game since Denny Southern 9/10/26. I remember it well 😉
Jerad Eickhoff, brought over from TX in the Cole Hamels trade will get his 1st MLB start tomorrow Vs. Kendry Flores. After the gane, Jimenez was DFA’d to make room for Eickhoff.