This Phillies didn’t have much time to enjoy Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis going back-to-back to get a walk-off win yesterday over the Reds, as they dealt with a flood of injury news today. First Mike Adams officially went on the DL. Adams was later followed by Carlos Ruiz, who went on the DL after an MRI revealed that he had a grade two hamstring strain. The Phillies did however, get some good news today when an MRI revealed that Ryan Howard didn’t have any significant damage to his knee, and he was ruled day-to-day. And oh yeah, the Phillies opened up a three game set in South Beach tonight, in front of tens of maybe hundreds of fans at Marlins Ballpark. The Phillies sent a struggling Cole Hamels to the mound, while the Marlins countered with Alex Sanabia. So a 20 plus million dollar pitcher against a struggling young pitcher, would lead you to think the Phillies would have a relatively easy night in Miami. Nahhhh.
Things got off to a rocky start for Hamels, who entered the game 1-6, as Marcell Ozuna smoked a single into center scoring now Phillies killer Adeiny Hechavarria. Hamels would settle in, and toss six innings while only allowing two runs, but he still didn’t look himself. He lacked control over his breaking pitches, and was leaving his fastballs right over the middle of the plate, especially early in this game.
The Phillies only offense of the night came in the second inning when Domonic Brown put a charge into a ball that landed in the rightfield stands. But after that the Phillies forgot that you are allowed to keep scoring runs. In fact you are allowed to score an unlimited amount of runs at your own pleasing. And you can do this every night. I know mind-blown.
I fail to think that Alex Sanabia, who entered the game with a 4.56 ERA, is really that good. I think the Phillies going zero for five with runners in scoring position may have a bit more to do with their lack of scoring runs once again. Or hey, maybe everytime a young pitcher on the Marlins faces the Phillies, they magically have a breakout game. That must be it.
The Marlins would tack on three more runs on the Phillies fabulous bullpen, and if that wasn’t enough of a slap in the face coupled with all the injury news today, Chad Qualls finished off the Phillies in the ninth inning, one-two-three. Yep, it was that kind of night and it has been that type of season.