After going 0-6 on the team’s most recent home stand, the Phillies are off to a good start on their current road trip. The Phillies’ offense came alive in last night’s 6-2 victory over the Marlins. The offense came alive early in tonight’s game, giving Adam Morgan enough run support to pick up his second win of the season as the Phillies (62-76) held on to edge the Marlins (68-71) by a final of 4-3.
The Phillies jumped on Marlins starter Jose Urena in the top of the first inning as a sacrifice fly by Tommy Joseph and an RBI single by Freddy Galvis put the Phillies up 2-0 before the Marlins came up to bat. Joseph delivered again in his second at-bat, chopped a grounder past the third base bag that went down the line for a double that plated Odubel Herrera to make it 3-0 Phils in the third. Herrera would come around to score again in the fifth inning, this time on another RBI single by Galvis to make it 4-0 Phils. The Marlins got one back in the fifth, and then a two run home run by Ichiro, his first of the season, made it one run game after 8 innings of play, but the Marlins would fail to push another run across. Herrera contributed greatly to the Phils’ win tonight, both at the plate and with his glove. Herrera made a great running catch in the bottom of the second inning, and at the dish he went 2 for 3 with a triple and three runs scored. Joseph also had a nice day at the plate for the Phillies, going 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Giancarlo Stanton came on as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning and delivered a single in his only at-bat in his return from the disabled list.
Since rejoining the Phillies rotation for the second time this season, Morgan has continued his success from Triple-A to the big leagues. He continued his strong stretch of outings with six more solid innings of work tonight. Morgan allowed just one run on on five hits and no walks in his six innings on the bump tonight. Morgan was able to pick up his second victory of the season, as he now sits at 2-9 on the year with a 5.90 ERA. Jeanmar Gomez picked up two strikeouts on the way to earning his 35th save of the season, which puts him at sixth best in the MLB and fourth best in the NL. Marlins starter Urena struggled on the way to suffering the loss in tonight’s game. Urena pitched five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk. He now falls to 3-6 on the season with a 5.54 ERA.
The Phillies will be looking to complete the three game sweep over the Marlins with a victory in tomorrow night’s game at Marlins Park. Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson (10-8, 3.88 ERA) takes the mound against Marlins starter Andrew Cashner (4-11, 5.00 ERA), who they acquired at the trade deadline, tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Hellickson and the Phils will look to bounce back from being swept in their previous two series with a win tomorrow that would give them the sweep over Miami.
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