The Philadelphia Phillies have the best record in Major League Baseball since the All-Star Break. Sure, there has only been three games but the best record is the best record. The Phillies hosted the Marlins this weekend at Citizens Bank Park and swept the Fish.
The winning streak started on Friday as Adam Morgan took the mound for Philadelphia. Morgan was strong over 6.1 innings and held Miami to 2 runs. Marlins ace, Jose Fernandez, held Philadelphia to two runs as well over six innings; limiting the Phillies to one hit over the first five innings. With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth, the Phillies capitalized on an error and broke the game open with a four-run frame. The inning was capped off by Jeff Francoeur’s three-run home run. Miami was able to score one run off of Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth, but Philadelphia held on to win 6-3.
Chad Billingsley continued the winning streak with a win on Saturday. He did not give up a run in his five innings pitched, but left the game due to elbow tightness. The Phillies score three runs over the first two innings, largely due to more Marlins errors, and that would be all of the run support they would need. The Phillies ‘pen held down the game for their injured starter, only allowing one run over the final four innings. Tom Koehler for the Marlins took the loss as the Phillies won 3-1. Papelbon came in for his 15th save of the season.
The sweep seemed inevitable on Sunday with Cole Hamels on the mound. While the Phillies did win the game and sweep the series, it was not due to the performance of their ace. Hamels, it what could have been his last start at home as a Phillie, struggled mightily as he gave up five runs in three innings pitched. Marlins starter, Dan Haren, also gave up five runs but lasted through the sixth inning. In a 5-5 game in the seventh inning, the Phillies took the lead with a Cesar Hernandez double, driving in Francoeur. The Marlins wasted no time taking over the lead in the top of the eighth inning as they scored two runs off of set-up man, Ken Giles. With Miami winning in the bottom of the ninth, Carlos Ruiz led off the inning with a walk from AJ Ramos. This set up the weekend hero, Jeff Francoeur, to hit a walk-off home run and bringing the Phillies to a 8-7 victory.
The Phillies hope to make it four in a row as they welcome Tampa Bay to Philadelphia for interleague play. First pitch is tomorrow at 7:05 PM.