On a day when roster changes were made due to injuries (Andres Blanco going on the DL with a broken finger, and Taylor Featherston called up) and the trade deadline quickly approached, the Philadelphia Phillies started one of the possible tradees (with the Marlins being in the rumored mix), RHP Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 3.84 ERA). As media traditional and social had reminded us all day, a year ago today Cole Hamels made his last start for the Phillies in an unforgettable manner. The Miami Marlins would counter with Phillies 2008 38th round pick, RHP Jarred Cosart (0-1, 7.98). Much like a few games in the the last series in Philadelphia, each starting pitcher threw well enough to earn the Win. Hellickson, while not to the heights scaled by Hamels, especially would showcase himself w/ 6 shout out innings, only pulled in an attempt to win the game for him.
Both starters were in complete control until Hellickson let two men on in the 4th, on a single and then a one out walk. He was able to work out of that jam by popping up GianCarlo Stanton and then induced a GO to end the threat.
Cosart was pulled after 5 In, 3H, 0R, 3K, 1BB, but a high pitch count of 92 pitches – 53 strikes.
The Phillies finally got something going against the third Marlins pitcher, Kyle Barraclough, in the seventh on a walk by Cameron Rupp, and a single by Freddy Galvis. They would both move up on a throwing error by the pitcher, but he would then come back to strike out the side, including PH Ryan Howard. This futile shot at scoring first meant that Hellickson’s night was done, 6 In, 1H, 1K, 1BB, 70 Pitches – 45 for strikes.
David Hernandez would pitch a scoreless seventh.
Finally w/ 2 outs in the 8th, after a Maikel Franco walk, Tommy Joseph (8) smacked a double to LF to plate the 1st run of the game against Fernando Rodney. That would wind up being the only run they needed. Hector Neris would get a 1-2-3 SDI, and the next inning, using small ball abetted by some Marlins errors, the Phillies would tack on 3 more. They acheived this on a HBP, 2 Sac Bunts – one reaching on an error – followd by an RBI single by Cesar Hernandez. An FC/error by the Marlins SS, on a ball hit by Odubel Herrera, scored 2 more, all off of Marlins closer A. J. Ramos, though only one earned. This was the same very good Marlins pen that shut down the Phillies at CBP last week.
Jeanmar Gomez would come on in a non save situation to finish the game – he made a very good play for the second out to boot – for a combined 4-0 Shut Out.
Both starters got a ND, David Hernandez would get the W ( 2-3, 4.24), Hector Neris earned his 18th H. Rodney (1-3, 1.55) would be stuck w/ the L.
Scoreless In FLA: The Marlins were shut out the 2nd game in a row – the 1st time since 7/19-21/2013, and has not scored for the last 19 innings.
Streaks Busted: Peter Bourjos (0-16) and Cody Asche (0-26) with the soon to be activated Aaron Altherr breathing down his neck, each broke long streaks.
Three’s a Crowd: Franco and Rupp each had 3 walks in the game, and the Marlins would have 3 errors.
Next Ups: RHP Tom Koehler (7-8, 4.42) will face Jerad Eickhoff (6-11, 3.98) in another 7:10 start. Eric Christensen will cover that one and Wednesday afternoon for you, and I will be back on Thursday.