Alec Asher allowed one earned run over seven innings during the Phillies’ 1-0 loss to the Marlins. (USA Today Images)
Tonight’s game featured the possible future in Philadelphia Phillies’ Alec Asher (0-4) vs the dealt past in former Phillies farmhand Jarred Cosart (2-4) starting for the home team Miami Marlins. The Phils looked to bounce back from the extra inning loss last night that was extended by the 1st blown save for Ken Giles (13 S) since taking over the role from Jonathon Papelbon, and win the 1st series since the Padres 8/28 – 8/30. Asher also needed to prove to the team that he is the future and better than his 9.78 ERA showed so far, and though it was a loss, he did just that.
This game should have been held in New England as it was a real LOBster fest – 4 for each team through the 1st 4 scoreless innings alone, a combined 1-8 w/ RISP.
Cosart was relieved after 4, having been hit in his glove forearm on a hard line drive by Cody Asche. Off his relief, Jose Urena, Asher got a one out double to add to his earlier single which was his 1st MLB hit, but he he was left stranded like so many b/4 him tonight.
Asher pitched a a Solid 6, giving up only the one 1st inning single to Marlins LF Christian Yelich, and one walk, but that came undone in the 7th on a one out infield single by Derek Dietrich, followed by an RBI triple by Marlins backstop J. T. Realmuto. Phillies RF Brian Bogusevic kept it a one run game on a perfect strike to get Realmuto at the plate on what looked like a sure sac fly. In the end it was Asher’s best start of his young career – 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 ER, 1 walk and 4 K’s.
A scoreless inning by pitcher, turned OF, turned pitcher, Adam Loewen gave them a chance but unfortunately the Phillies offense, which ended w/ 6 LOB and 1- 7 w/ RISP, just could not find a way to score a run to get their young starter off the hook.
Give the W to the Marlins’ 3rd reliever, Bryan Morris (5-3), and a tough luck but promising L to Alec Asher (0-5). A. J. Ramos gets his 29th save w/ some help from the excellent Miami D.
This was the 5th one run loss in the last 6 games -3 of those only scoring one run – to add to tonight’s shut out.
In keeping w/ the future theme on the Minor League front, Catcher Andrew Knapp and pitcher Ricardo Pinto were named winners of the Paul Owens Award as the top players in the Phillies’ minor league system for 2015.
Next up on this road trip is the Nation’s Capital for a 3 game set, w/ Jerad Eickhoff (1-3) going against Jordan Zimmermann Friday night @ 7:05