Coming off two impressive offensive outbursts that led to two victories to begin the series with the Marlins, the Phillies were looking to complete the series sweep with another win tonight. Unfortunately, the Phillies’ bats fell silent tonight against Marlins starter Andrew Cashner. The Phillies (62-77) managed just four hits and failed to register any runs, while the Marlins (69-71) racked up six runs on 13 hits on the way to their 6-0 victory, and avoided being swept by the Phillies.
The Marlins got to Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson early in tonight’s game, as they pushed across a run in each of their first two innings. Martin Prado delivered an RBI groundout and J.T. Realmuto provided a sac fly to make it 2-0 after two innings of play. Prado and Realmuto swapped roles as Prado delivered a sac fly in the fifth, and Realmuto pushed a run across on a groundout as the Marlins increased their lead to four after six innings of play. Prado delivered his third RBI of the night with a double to left field in the seventh inning. Christian Yelich followed up Prado with a double of his own that would score Prado, making it 6-0 Miami and capping off all the scoring in tonight’s game. Cesar Hernandez continued to be one of the few bright spots in this weak Phillies lineup as he was the only Phillie to record multiple hits tonight, going 2 for 3 with a walk.
Hellickson has had the Marlins’ number all season long, as he two excellent starts against them in the month of July, but tonight was a different story. Hellickson fell behind early and managed to work through six innings, but ended up suffering the loss in tonight’s game. He allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits in his six innings. Hellickson falls to 10-9 with a 3.90 ERA after tonight’s loss. Andrew Cashner managed to only work through five and one-third innings tonight, but he, and the rest of the Marlins pitchers, kept the Phillies off balance and didn’t allow any runs to cross. Cashner picked up his fifth win of the season as he allowed no runs on just four hits and two walks in his five and a third innings of work. After the win tonight, Cashner improves to 5-11 on the season with a 4.77 ERA.
The Phillies will travel to Washington to begin a four game weekend series against the Nationals that begins tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Phillies starter Alec Asher is expected to make his first start with the big league club tomorrow night at Nationals Park against young Nats starter A.J. Cole (1-1, 3.86 ERA). Asher was suspended 80 games earlier this season after testing positive for PEDs. Asher was recently reinstated and is a member of the team’s 40-man roster. Asher has made 12 starts in the minors this season, both before his suspension and on a rehab assignment once he was reinstated. Asher is 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA in his 12 starts this season.
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