Phillies sloppy in loss to Marlins

4-22 utleyThere were errors.

There was a balk by reliever Luis Garcia that led to the go-ahead run.

And since Cole Hamels was pitching, of course there was no offense.

The Philadelphia Phillies hit the trifecta during a dreadful and sloppy 6-1 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday night.

It was just another downright ugly night down at Citizens Bank Park.

The worst part, though, was the defense – or lack thereof. Hamels couldn’t keep the ball in his glove on a toss to him at first base in the second inning that led to the Marlins first run.

Then, it got worse in the eighth. Trailing 2-1 with two outs and runners on first and second for the Marlins, the Phillies should have been out of the inning when Cody Asche scooped up a grounder and fired to second base.

However, Chase Utley dropped the ball. He simply failed to catch a routine throw and the inning was extended.

Dee Gordon, the next batter, sent a ball to center that tipped off Odubel Herrera’s glove and three runs crossed the plate.

Game over.

The first six innings weren’t that bad, though. Starters Jarred Cosart and Hamels each gave up a run through six innings – although Hamels’ fielding gaffe made his unearned.

For the first time in fourth starts, Hamels did not allow a home run after serving up seven in his first three trips to the hill this season. He struck out five, allowed five hits and walked three to lower his ERA to 3.75.

The only help he received from the lineup was a solo home run by Cody Asche, his second of the season, in the second inning. Otherwise, the Phillies managed just four other hits, which is essentially par for the course when the Ace takes the mound.

One solace Hamels can take is he is not the only Phillies pitcher starving for run support. Five of the top seven hitters in the lineup on Wednesday are batting below .200.

Well, at least Utley raised his average. With a single in the first inning, he broke an 0-for-21 skid and is sitting at .120 after entering the game at .109. On a night like this one for the all-star, he has to take whatever positives he can.

Same for the rest of the group, but outside of Hamels and Asche’s homer, there wasn’t much else to put their arms around.

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