The Marlins took the lead in the top of the second as Marcell Ozuna hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, and his first career home run, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the third as, with one man out, Chris Valaika hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year, giving the fish a 2-0 lead. That would be the final score as the Phils could get only one hit off of Marlins’ pitching before Steve Cishek collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.
Cole Hamels (1-4, 4.34) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a hit batter, as he struck out six. Phillipe Aumont and Jeremy Horst would combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a walk (Aumont) between them, while striking out one (Aumont). Jose Fernandez (1-2, 3.84) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out nine. Mike Dunn collected his fifth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Steve Cishek received his fourth save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while strking out two.
The Phils had only one hit in the game, a single by Freddy Galvis. They also had two walks (Galvis, Jimmy Rollins) in the game.
The Phils (14-17, 3rd) conclude their four-games series with the Marlins (9-22, 5th) with a game in progress.
On Saturday night, the Marlins broke up a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Jose Fernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Adeiny Hechavarria, who had just tripled, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ walk, would score on second baseman Donovan Solano’s throwing error as he tried to complete a double play, as Erik Kratz hits into a force out, 6-4, wiping out at second base, Galvis, who had just walked, for the inning’s second out, while Kratz would move up to second base on the error. The Marlins then won the game in the bottom of the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chris Coghlan hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Greg Dobbs’s single, giving the Marlins a 2-1 walk-off win.
Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched six strong innings, giving up a run on three hits and three walks, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo and Mike Adams combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out three (Bastardo (1), Adams (2)) between them. Phillippe Aumont (1-1, 2.70) took the lost as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jose Fernandez pitched six strong innings as well, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out five. A.J. Ramos blew his first save opportunity of the season as he threw two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Mike Dunn and Ryan Webb combined for one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Dunn) and a walk (Dunn) between them, while striking out two (one batter each). Steve Cishek (1-1, 8.31) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils had five hits in the game, a double by Ryan Howard, a single by Dom Brown, a single by Laynce Nix, a single by Freddy Galvis and a single by pinch-hitter Michael Young. The Phils only run came in on a Marlins’ error. The Phils also had four walks (Ben Revere, Jimmy Rollins (2), Galvis) in the game.
On Sunday, the Phils broke up a 0-0 tie in the top of the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Michael Young hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw home. The Marlins tied the game up at one-all in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Chris Valaika hits an RBI single, knocking in Justin Ruggiano, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Rob Brantly’s walk, while Brantly, who had just walked, would stop at second base. The Phils regained the lead in the top of the ninth as, with one man out, pinch-hitter Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth.
Roy Halladay (1-2, 7.63) got the win, the 200th of his career, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon collected his second save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Kevin Slowey received a n0-decision as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up a run on nine scattered hits and two walks, while he struck out four. Chad Qualls pitched two and a third innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jon Rauch (0-2, 6.35) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit.
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Double) leading the team with three hits, followed by Ben Revere (Singles) and Freddy Galvis (Singles) with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Michael Young (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Humberto Quintero (Double) and pinch-hitter Laynce Nix (Home Run, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits, as the offense was handled rather well by Marlins’ pitching. The Phils also had three walks (Galvis, Dom Brown, Mayberry) and a stolen base (Revere (5)) in the game.
The Phils (6-6, 4th East) will start a three-game series with the Reds (5-7, 3rd Central). The game is presently in progress. The Phils will be trying to go above .500 for the first time this season.
The Phillies have lost their second straight game in Grapefruit League play as they lose this afternoon to the Cincinnati Reds at Bright House Field, 8-4.
Cole Hamels was the Phils starter and he had not as solid an outing as he did when he pitched against Team Canada last week. Hamels pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, on a two-run home run to Ryan Hanigan in the third, on only two hits as he struck out three. Andrew Carpenter pitched next, going two and a third innings, giving up only a run, on a solo home run to Yonder Alonso in the fourth, on just two hits while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo followed him with an inning of work, giving up a run, on a solo home run to Daryle Ward, on only one hit as he struck out two. Justin Lehr would take the mound next, and give up four runs on four hits, including a grand slam home run to Chris Valaika, and a walk as he struck out just one batter. Robert Mosebach and Sergio Escalona would each pitch an inning, each throwing a scoreless frame, with neither pitcher giving up a hit while striking out 3 (Mosebach 2, Escalona 1). Lehr is the losing pitcher, with his Grapefruit League record being 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA.
The Phillies had nine hits in today’s game, with Jason Donald leading the team as he went 3 for 4, all singles. Ryan Howard followed with two hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning. Jayson Werth, Geoff Jenkins, Miguel Cairo and Lou Marson would each contribute a hit, with Jenkins’ hit being a solo home run in the second. Raul Ibanez got the Phils other RBI.
The Phillies’ record is now 4-6 in Grapefruit League play.
The Phillies are off tomorrow. Their next game will be played on Wednesday as they face the Atlanta Braves at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida at 1:05 pm.
Today’s trivia question is: Name the Phillies’ player who is the team leader in career batting average? You know where to look for the answer. I will post the correct answer on Wednesday.