All of us here at Pattison Avenue realize that Pokemon Go is more relevant and important than anything we write about, but the Phanatic’s unsuccessful quest to catch Pikachu summed up the struggles of our team, as the offense stayed quiet and the bullpen faltered late again as our Philadelphia Phillies (43-52) fell in ten innings to the Miami Marlins (51-42) at Citizens Bank Park by the score of 2-1.
Jose Urena, getting the spot start for Miami, brought a 7.52 ERA into the game and dominated the Philadelphia offense that has been pathetic since returning from the All-Star break. He pitched into the 6th inning, gave up only four hits, walked one, and struck out five. The only Phillies run of the night came when Tommy Joseph homered for the second straight game, his 13th of the year, to tie the game at one in the 4th inning.
On the plus side for the home team, starter Vince Velasquez threw a quality start, giving up just one run in seven innings while striking out five. He gave up just three hits, but walked four.
Failures with RISP were a big problem for the Phillies tonight, as they left RBI on the table in the 2nd, 6th, and 7th innings. It was ultimately David Hernandez and Daniel Stumpf who were responsible for allowing the winning run in the 10th for Philadelphia. Hernandez gave up a leadoff double, and Stumpf gave up the go-ahead run with two outs, unable to bail out a great defensive play from Maikel Franco to get the first out on a pop bunt. A.J. Ramos had no problem picking up the save for Miami in the bottom half as our Phillies went down in order.
- Offensive struggles have returned in a big way, as the Phillies have scored just ten total runs in the first five games following the All-Star break en route to a 1-4 record. They scored ten in their last game before the break at Colorado.
- Joseph was the only Phil with multiple hits (2).
- The Phillies lost back-to-back one-run contests for the first time of the season. They still boast a 20-11 record in one-run games.
- Highlight of the game:
Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. Hellickson will be opposed by Miami starter Wei-Yin Chen (5-3, 4.90 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 EDT.