RING IT: Bullpen Shines, Herrera delivers as the Phillies Beat the Marlins 4-3
After losing two straight games to the Miami Marlins, the Phillies won the series finale yesterday, beating the fish 4-3. With the win, the Phillies officially hit the 70 win mark with a record of 70-66 and remained two games back of the National League East leading Atlanta Braves and two and a half games back of the second and final Wild Card spot.
After switching up the rotation for Zack Wheeler to pitch vs the Brewers, the Phillies sent out a whole roster of bullpen guys to get the job done against the Marlins. Sam Coonrod would get the start and would pitch a dominant first inning. We know the history of the Phillies bullpen isn’t amazing, but they did everything they needed to do to get the win.
Joe Girardi used nine pitchers during the game. They combined to pitch 10 innings, allowing just two hits, and two earned runs, while striking out 13 batters. The Marlins did strike first in the second inning, but the lead wouldn’t last for long. Bryce Harper returned to MVP form and launched a solo home run to deep right field. Harper is hitting .368/.448/.737 over his last 15 games.
After Didi Gregorius reached base, Freddy Galvis stepped up and hit a line drive home run to right field, giving the Phillies a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Marlins would pull this game to within one in the fourth inning, thanks to a De La Cruz home run off of Bailey Falter. They would tie it up in the 6th because of course, the Phillies have to make things interesting with the Marlins every single game.
The game would stay tied at 3 until the top of the 10th inning when Odubel Herrera stepped to the plate. He roped a single to right field, and a bobbled ball by the Marlins right fielder would score Freddy Galvis to make it 4-3. Finally, the Phillies were on the good side of costly defensive mistakes.
Ian Kennedy would come back into the game in the 10th inning, and collect a six-out save in a massive win vs the Marlins. The woes against the Marlins ended yesterday, as the Phillies were victorious by a final score of 4-3.
The bullpen got the job done, and hopefully with Wheeler on the mound tomorrow, the bullpen won’t be needed much. A crucial series starts today against the leaders of as they travel to Milwaukee to face the red-hot Brewers.
2 games back in the East. 2.5 games back of the Wild Card. Ring it.