Phillies push win streak to 4 games with 2-1 victory over Marlins
Nick Maton hit a go-ahead 2-run home run in the seventh inning off Sandy Alcantara that proved to be enough for the Phillies to top the Marlins 2-1, good for their 4th straight victory.
Phillies (79-62) Beat Marlins (58-84)
- Winning Pitcher: Bailey Falter (5-3, 3.80)
- Losing Pitcher: Sandy Alcantara (12-8, 2.43)
- Save: David Robertson (20, 2.34)
Bailey Falter continued his run of excellence tonight against the Marlins by pitching 6 innings and allowing only a single earned run on a weak solo shot in the 5th. With the stats Falter has put up over the last month and a half, it’s no longer a question whether he currently the Phillies best pitcher.
In his last 6 starts, Falter is 5-0 with a 2.43 ERA. It’s tough to exactly pin down when Falter put it all together and turned the corner but it was somewhere around his August 20th start against the Mets. Since then his fastball/curveball combo has been electric, and he has gone four straight starts without walking a single hitter.
All that adds up to success for the Phillies, who are an outstanding 12-2 in the last 14 games Falter has appeared in. With Zack Wheeler and Zack Eflin returning to the roster over the next week the pitching staff.
The Phillies managed to tag NL Cy Young front runner Sandy Alcantara for 8 total hits but failed to capitalize on their opportunity up until Nick Maton teed off on an 0-2, 98 mph sinker in the 7th inning. Maton’s 2-run go-ahead home run gave the Phillies their first lead and was enough for them to win their fourth straight game while extending their lead over the San Diego Padres in the wild card standings to 2 games.
For Maton thats two huge home runs in one week off arguably the best pitcher in the National League and a huge redemption as earlier in the fourth inning Maton had grounded out to end the inning with Alec Bohm, Bryson Stott, and Jean Segura all on base.
With the loss Alcantara fell to just 1-3 against the Phillies this season, who are also much improved overall against in-division foes this season. Since June 15, the Phillies are 28-13 against the NL East.
Bailey Falter strikes out Brian Anderson in a big spot with two men on in the 3rd inning.
Bryan De La Cruz takes Bailey Falter deep for a solo shot that just barely made it over the wall in the left field corner in the 5th inning.
Nick Maton is that guy. Maton takes NL Cy Young Award front runner Sandy Alcantara deep for a two run home run in the 7th inning to give the Phils their first lead of the night.
Jose Alvarado strikes out Charles Le Blanc and Bryan De La Cruz in the 7th inning to continue his hot pitching streak.
Brian Anderson gives David Robertson’s 3-2 fastball a ride to center field but it thankfully falls short and into the glove of Brandon Marsh with his back up against the wall.
Phils win 2-1
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies will look to win the three game series with a second consecutive victory over the Marlins at Loan Depot Park in Miami.
Kyle Gibson (9-6, 4.57) will toe the rubber facing off against Edwin Cabrera (5-2, 2.63) with the first pitch scheduled for 6:40 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will carry the broadcast of the game.
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