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JT Realmuto hit 2 home runs, including a three-run shot in the 7th inning as the Phillies beat the Marlins 6-1 , extending their winning streak to five games.
Phillies (80-62) Beat Marlins (58-85)
- Winning Pitcher: Kyle Gibson (10-6, 4.45)
- Losing Pitcher: Edwin Cabrera (5-3, 2.70)
Win their 5th consecutive victory the Phillies moved to a season-high 18 games over .500 and are currently 2.5 games ahead of the San Diego Padres for the 2nd wild card spot in the National League.
Arguably the biggest news of the night revolves around first basemen Rhys Hoskins being forced to leave the ball game after he was hit in the hand by a pitch in the 3rd inning. Rhys initially remained in the game as a baserunner but was pulled when the Phillies took the field in the bottom of the frame.
After the game manager Rob Thompson confirmed that Hoskins will be listed as day-to-day after x-rays came back negative on his wrist and hand. Thats a huge break for the Phillies who are pretty damn familiar with broken hands and fingers this season. For as much hate as Hoskins gets, he certainly doesn’t deserve it because he is top-3 in every major offensive category for this team.
I think people in this era of short attention spans and ‘what have you done for me lately’, have been lulled to sleep by Hoskins’ good but never great play on the diamond. For his career Rhys has a 126 OPS+ and in 2022 he putting up a 125 OPS+. Good but never great.
JT Realmuto earned the first star of the game by knocking two home runs including a huge 3-run shot in the 7th inning that give the Phillies form control. Realmuto went back-to-back with Bryce Harper, who hit his 100th home run in a Phillies uniform just one inning earlier.
Another exciting tidbit from tonight was Zack Eflin’s debut as a member of the bullpen…
Eflin looked excellent pitching in his first game since missing nearly two months with various knee issues. Eflin tossed a 1-2-3 scoreless 8th inning and featured a lively fastball that appeared to have a bit more juice behind it.
All of the sudden the Phillies have an interesting potential back end of the pen featuring Eflin, Seranthony Dominguez, Brand Hand and David Robertson. The bullpen has been a strength of the team all season long and with Eflin’s addition they could easily get even better.
Over the past few seasons the Phillies struggled mightily against Miami, but with tonight’s victory they have now won 5 straight series over their NL East division foes.
Tomorrow we break out the brooms for the series sweep!
Danville, PA native JJ Bleday gives the Marlins the lead with an RBI single off Kyle Gibson in the 1st inning.
Marlins starter Edwin Cabrera hits his second batter of the game, this time its Rhys Hoskins directly where his hand meets his wrist. It’s amazing Rhys wasn’t injured..
Bryce Harper takes Edwin Cabrera deep in the 6th inning for his 100th career home run.
J.T. Realmuto takes the Marlins back-to-back to give the Phils their first lead of the ballgame.
Jean Segura drives in Bryson Stott from first base with a long RBI double that just barely missed leaving the park.
JT Realmuto hits his second bomb of the game, this time a 3-run shot in the 7th inning.
Connor Brogdon pitches a scoreless 9th inning to finish off a commanding win over the Fish.
Phils win 6-1
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies will look to sweep the Marlins in the third and final game of a three game set at Loan Depot Park in Miami.
Noah Syndergaard (9-9, 4.09) will toe the rubber facing off against Pablo Lopez (8-10, 4.04) with the first pitch scheduled for 6:40 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will carry the broadcast of the game.
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