The Wookies and Stormtroopers in the crowd during Star Wars night at Citizens Bank Park provided the majority of the highlights in the Philadelphia Phillies’ (44-53) 9-3 loss to the Miami Marlins (52-43) on Thursday night.
It was a pitchers duel early as neither team got on the board through the first three innings. Miami broke through with four runs in the 4th off Jerad Eickhoff, and the Phillies never really threatened for the rest of the game. After allowing five earned runs in the game, Eickhoff’s ERA has ballooned from 3.30 to 3.98 while allowing 15 earned runs over his last three starts. His final line while taking the loss– 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R (5 earned), 0 BB and 6 K.
The only offense by the Phillies came from the long ball, as they did a good job of making another mediocre pitcher look like an All-Star. Miami’s Tom Koehler brought a 4.68 ERA into the game, but threw eight innings while giving up only two hits, home runs by Ryan Howard (14) and Freddy Galvis (9).
The 16-3 differential in hits really told the story though– the Phillies were supremely outplayed in this one. Peter Bourjos’ 9th inning single was the only other hit two go along with the two long balls for the home team. Cody Asche and Glavis each were charged with errors, and Odubel Herrera was lucky to not be charged with one after badly misplaying an easy fly ball which resulted in a triple for the Marlins to start the 8th, which ultimately led to three runs in the inning and the game being put way out of reach. Galvis’ homer was the final run of the game to end it at 9-3.
The Phillies head down the Pennsylvania Turnpike for a weekend series @ the Pittsburgh Pirates. Friday’s opener features our Zach Eflin (2-3, 4.14 ERA) against Gerrit Cole (5-5, 3.11 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 EDT.