Phillies Strong Against Marlins; Win 2 Of 3

The Phillies are determined to end the 2016 season on a high note.  In a home series against the Miami Marlins, the Phils were dominant as they were two innings away from sweeping the Fish this weekend.

Adam Morgan (2-10; 5.49 ERA) took the mound on Friday evening against Tom Koehler (9-11; 3.96 ERA).  Morgan was affective over his 4.1 innings pitched.  The lone two runs he gave up were unearned.  Both Martin Prado and J.T. Realmoto had an RBI each in the top of the fifth inning.  The Phillies fought back in the bottom of the sixth inning and put up a three-spot, highlighted by a solo home run from Ryan Howard.  With Philadelphia up 3-2 in the top of the eighth inning, the Marlins tied it up with a solo sh0t from Derek Dietrich, his fifth of the year.  The game remained tied 3-3 going into the 13th inning.  With one out, Jimmy Paredes singled in Peter Bourjos to give the Phillies the 4-3 victory.

Unlike Friday, Saturday was all Phillies all night.  Jeremy Hellickson (12-9; 3.57 ERA) was nothing short of brilliant as he pitched nine innings of three-hit shut out baseball.  This would be his second complete game of his career and first in his last 136 starts.  It does help when your team puts up five runs in the first inning too.  Odubel Herrera, Maikel Franco, and A.J. Ellis all had RBI doubles to give Philadelphia the early 5-0 lead.  Tommy Joseph followed up in the second inning with a two-run home run of his own.  Franco wasn’t done as he added another run in the fourth inning with a ground out.  That was all of the scoring in the game as it was well more than what was needed.  Hellickson and the Phils coasted to an 8-0 win.  Fun fact of the night revolves around the starting pitchers.  It has been 15 consecutive starts that the Phils starters allowed three runs or fewer.  This is the longest stretch since July 1-20, 2000 (17 straight starts).

The sweep was in sight on Sunday with Alec Asher (1-0; 2.16 ERA) earning the start.  This lineup would be the first time the Phillies fielded a team of nine starters under the age of 27 since May 17, 1961.  The Phillies scored quickly as both Joseph and Freddy Galvis helped give their club a 2-0 lead.  Herrera added to the score in the third inning with a solo home run of his own.  The Marlins got to Asher a bit in the fifth inning with two runs due to an RBI from Dee Gordon and Dietrich.  Up 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Galvis gave Philadelphia an insurance run with a solo dinger.  With Galvis’ 20th home run of the season, this became the first time the Phillies had four infielders with at least 20 home runs (Howard – 22, Franco – 22, Joseph – 20, Galvis – 20). With the sweep two innings away, Miami hit up the Phillies bullpen in the eighth inning scoring three runs, two earned, off of Hector Neris (BS,4; 2.50 ERA).  This would give the Marlins a 5-4 lead which they would not relinquish.

The Chicago White Sox come into town on Tuesday for a tw0-game series.  First pitch is Tuesday at 7:05pm.

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