An early pitchers duel turned into a late collapse for our Philadelphia Phillies (46-56), as they fell 5-0 to the Miami Marlins (54-46) at Marlins Park on Tuesday night.
Jerad Eickhoff pitched seven very effective innings but took the hard luck loss after getting zero run support. His final line– 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB and 8 K.
The Marlins hadn’t scored in 24 consecutive innings before they finally got on the board in the bottom of the 6th as “I’ll always call him ‘Mike'” Stanton knocked a clutch two-out RBI single.
The Phillies had runners in scoring position with one out in both the 4th and 6th innings, but failed to convert and that was all the offense they’d muster, tallying a pathetic four total hits on the night against Miami starter Tom Koehler.
Four runs in the 8th from Miami off Andrew Bailey and Severino Gonzalez closed the book on this one, as an infield single by Cameron Rupp was the only base runner the Phillies could muster over the final three innings.
- Miami’s Ichiro Suzuki went 1-5, picking up hit number 2,997 on his quest to become the next “Mr. 3,000”
- Peter Bourjos left the game with a shoulder injury in the 2nd after making a nice catch on a ball from Suzuki. No word yet on his status going forward.
- The win kept the Marlins on pace for Wild Card spot #2, barely above the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. But I’m sure as hell not rooting for any of those three teams. Our Phillies now sit nine games back.
It’ll be an afternoon rubber match as Zach Eflin (3-3, 3.40 ERA) looks to follow up a complete game shutout and improve his very impressive rookie season. He’ll be opposed by Miami’s Adam Conley (6-5, 3.58 ERA). First pitch is set for 12:10 EDT.