The Associated Press
It’s over. The 2015 Phillies campaign is officially behind us. This weekend series against the Marlins summed up the season pretty nicely. Friday’s game was rained out, the Phils lost a double header on Saturday, yet won their final game of the year while locking in the first overall pick of the 2016 draft. Most importantly, the Phillies stayed in the double digits in losses… 99.
With Friday’s game a wash, the Phillies played a traditional double header on Saturday. The Phillies fell in a quick hole as Miami jumped to a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third. Cody Asche made it a game again with a bases clearing, three-run triple. The Phils went on to score one run in each of the next three innings, making the score 6-5. The score would stay that way until the top of the ninth inning. With one out, Ken Giles blew the save as he allowed a RBI triple to Martin Prado and a RBI single to Marcell Ozuna. This was the second blown save for Giles since replacing Jonathan Papelbon as closer. The Phillies were not able to rally in the bottom of the ninth and lost 7-6.
Game 2 was all Miami from the start. The Marlins jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to Justin Bour’s two-run double. Christian Yelich made it 3-0 with a double that brought home the inevitable NL batting average champ, Dee Gordon, in the second inning. Maikel Franco made it known he was back from the disabled list with a solo home run in the fourth inning and a RBI single in the sixth inning. Those two runs would be all the club would muster as they fell to the Fish, 5-0. This was the Phillies 99th (and final) loss of the season and Saturday’s losses locked in the first overall pick in next year’s MLB Draft.
Sunday started off looking like it would lead to loss 100, but the Phillies were able to bounce back after being down 2-0 after the first three innings. The Phillies would go on to score seven unanswered runs. Today’s game victory was in large part due to Aaron Altherr. He went 2-5 and brought home four of the seven runs. The 21,734 fans in attendance also witnessed history on Sunday. Ichiro Suzuki (yes, the all-star outfielder) pitched the first inning of his Hall of Fame worthy career. With the game 6-2 in the bottom of the eight inning, Ichiro pitched the entire inning allowing two hits and one run. The Phillies ended there season with a 7-2 win. Even with this victory, the Phillies were the worst team in baseball this year. The Reds were just one more loss away from tying the Phillies with this ‘honor’.
The beautiful thing about baseball is there is always next year.