Phillies Take 2 of 3 Against Marlins

The Phillies are putting the Fight back in the Fightin’ Phils this season.  Having been behind at some point in every game this weekend series against the Miami Marlins, the Philadelphia Phillies took two out of three against their division foes.

After coming off a tough series against St. Louis, the Phillies headed to Miami on Friday night with the hot Vince Velasquez on the mound.  Velasquez proved he was human as he surrendered four quick runs over the first two innings.  The Phillies clawed their way back from the 4-0 deficient, led primarily by the bat of Maikel Franco who had an RBI double in the third inning and later hit his sixth home run of the season.  His homer tied the game 4-4 in the fifth inning. The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth inning and Giancarlo Stanton did what he normally does and blasted a 475 foot two-run home run that put the Marlins up for good.  The Phillies fell, 6-4.

The Phillies once again saw themselves in an early hole Saturday evening with Jeremy Hellickson on the mound as the Marlins had an 1-0 through the first three innings.  Philadelphia tied it up in the top of the third inning thanks to a sacrifice fly and RBI from Ryan Howard.  Miami quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the third inning and by the end of the sixth inning, they were up 3-1.  The Phillies bats came alive in the eighth inning as they put up a three-spot to put them upfront.  Odubel Herrera, Cesar Hernandez, and Franco all had a RBI that inning.  That would be all the offense they needed as the Phillies came out on top, 4-3.

In the rubber match of the series, Aaron Nola and his 20 inning scoreless streak had the start for the Phillies.  That scoreless streak would end at 23 innings.  It was in the bottom of the fourth inning that the Marlins scored three runs off of Nola, something that ball clubs haven’t really been able to do all season.  The Phillies came back with a three-run inning of their own in the sixth, featuring RBI’s from Freddy Galvis and Tyler Goeddel.  The Phillies took over the lead in the seventh inning with Hernandez grounding out for the RBI.  The Marlins weren’t going to sink easily.  They regained the lead in their frame of the seventh inning, highlighted by Chris Johnson’s home run.  With the Fish up 5-4, the Phillies were not ready to concede the game.  They fought right back and scored two more runs with doubles from Goeddel and Andres Blanco.  The Phillies took the 6-5 lead, the game, and the series.

Series Notables and some on why the Phillies are where they are today:

Today was the 2nd game in a row, after going 0-10, that they came back to win when trailing after 7.
OBP machine Odubel Herrara has a 7 game hitting streak, which started a game after breaking an 11 gamer, and Everybody, Hits – WooHoo! – well at least every position starter today.
Jeanmar Gomez leads all of MLB w/ 11 saves.
Finally the Phillies are 11 – 3 in one run games on the season, best in MLB. This really is a telling # of why they can be where they are even w/ a negative run differential of -27 and either 1.5 or 2.5 games behind the division leader Nationals depending on today’s final w/ the Cubs.

The Phillies head now to Atlanta for a three-game series against another division rival.  The first game of the series is Tuesday, 5/10.  First pitch is at 7:10pm.

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