The Phillies lost a tough one last night, falling 4-3 to the Marlins in ten innings.
Miami shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria made two spectacular plays in the game. In the sixth he took a hit away from Asche with a remarkable leap to snare a line drive. The Phils were poised to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Hechavarria made a miraculous diving play that turned Roger Bernadina‘s RBI-single into the third out of the frame.
Hechavarria’s plays impacted the game without a doubt, but the Phillies had a number of opportunities they couldn’t cash in on and made more than their share of mistakes in the one-run game. Brown and Bernadina both gave away outs on the bases. A throwing error and a wild pitch helped the Marlins score an unearned run in the fifth. The bullpen couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead. The Phils failed to score in the eighth inning after putting a runner on third with one out. Down a run in the tenth, they couldn’t score after putting men on second and third with nobody out.
The Phillies are 71-81 on the year after losing 4-3 to the Miami Marlins in ten innings last night. The Phils take the series two games to one and are 8-4 over their last 12 games.
Miner got the start for the Phillies and went three shutout innings, allowing two singles and two walks. He struck out two and dropped his ERA on the year to 3.22.
Nice result for Miner in his first start in the big leauges since August 12, 2009. His 3.22 ERA on the season is more impressive than his 1.52 ratio. Opponents have hit just .262 against him, but with 12 walks in 22 1/3 innings. He’s walked seven of the 34 lefties he’s faced (20.6%) and lefties are on-basing .412 against him.
He walked two hitters back-to-back with two outs in the top of the first. He got behind Justin Ruggiano 3-0 before coming back to strike Ruggiano out swinging, leaving both runners stranded.
He allowed a one-out single in second, but got the next two. Ed Lucas singled to left with one out in the third, but Lucas was caught stealing as Christian Yelich struck out swinging, ending the frame.
Luis Garcia kept the Marlins off the board in the fourth. Ruggiano hit a ball off the wall in right with one out, but Bernadina fielded the ball nicely off the wall and made a strong throw to second in time to nail Ruggiano going for two.
Garcia was back for the fifth and allowed a run on a single, a throwing error by Ruiz, a wild pitch and an RBI-ground out, which put the Marlins up 1-0.
Two innings for Garcia in which he allows an unearned run on two hits. He drops his ERA to 4.39 with the outing. Walks didn’t hurt him last night, but they’ve hurt him this year. Opponents are hitting .229 against the righty, but with a .368 on-base percentage.
Martin started the sixth with the Phils up 3-1. He allowed a leadoff single to Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton followed, mashing a 1-1 pitch way out to center to tie the game at 3-3. Martin got the next two. Asche made a fantastic play on a bunt by Adeiny Hechavarria for the third out, bare-handing and throwing strong to first.
Five batters for Martin. He allows two runs on the single and the home run. He’s allowed nine home runs in 34 innings on the year. That was hit fourth appearance in relief and the first time he’s been charged with a run as a reliever. 6.90 ERA in his seven starts and now a 4.50 ERA in four innings as a reliever. For the season, opponents are hitting .255 with a slugging percentage of .511. The righty has allowed seven homers to the 83 right-handed batters (8.4%) he has faced.
De Fratus pitched the seventh. He allowed a two-out single, but struck out two and kept the Marlins off the board.
De Fratus was pitching for the second straight day and hasn’t been charged with a run in five innings over his last six appearances. Didn’t walk anyone last night, but has walked 21 in 43 innings for the year.
Rosenberg struck out two in a 1-2-3 eighth.
Rosenberg was also pitching for the second day in a row. He has a 1.29 ERA and an 0.86 ratio over 14 innings in his last 16 outings. Opponents have hit .149 against him in those appearances.
Diekman pitched the ninth with the game still tied. He allowed back-to-back singles with two outs, but retired Donovan Solano on a fly ball to center to leave the runners on first and second.
Diekman was also pitching for the second day in a row. He has an 0.63 ERA and the same 0.63 ratio over 14 1/3 innings in his last 16 appearances. 22 strikeouts in his last 14 1/3 innings — opponents have hit .146 against him in those outings and he’s walked just two of the 51 batters he’s faced without allowing a home run. Lefties are hitting 153/215/153 against the lefty (no extra-base hits in 63 plate appearances) while righties are hitting 312/384/416.
Jimenez stared the tenth. Lucas led off and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left, putting Miami up 4-3. Jimenez hit Ruggiano with two outs. Ruggiano stole second before Logan Morrison grounded to first to end the frame.
The lefty Jimenez allows a homer to the righty Lucas to start the inning, then hits the righty Ruggiano three batters later. Two of the three righties that Jimenez faces in the frame reach on a solo homer and a hit-by-pitch. He retires both lefties.
Jimenez’s ERA for the year rises to 2.51 with the outing. He has a 1.12 ratio.
The pen went seven innings in the game, allowing four runs, three of them earned, on eight hits. They didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven. De Fratus, Rosenberg and Diekman have all pitched two days in a row, which shouldn’t matter by Friday given today’s off-day. Garcia threw 27 pitches in the game and everyone else besides Miner (61) was below 20. Miner seems unlikely to be available Friday.
The Phillie lineup against righty Nathan Eovaldi went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Brown (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Bernadina. Bernadina plays right with Hernandez in center.
Rollins singled to center with one out in the bottom of the first, but Utley and Ruiz went down behind him.
Asche was hit by a pitch with two outs in the second. Bernadina struck out for the third out.
Hernandez singled to left with one out in the third. Rollins and Utley went down behind him.
Brown walked with one out in the fourth, but was picked off and caught up between first and second after Ruf flew to center for the second out.
The Phils were down 1-0 when they hit in the fifth. Bernadina walked with one out and Martinez hit for Garcia. Martinez flew to left for the second out before Hernandez moved Bernadian up to second with a single. Rollins followed with a walk that loaded the bases for Utley. Everyone moved up a base on a passed ball, Bernadina scored to make it 1-1, before Utley singled to right. Hernandez and Rollins both scored, putting the Phils ahead 3-1. Ruiz drew a walk before Brown flew to left, leaving the runners at first and second.
Another big hit for Utley. Two more RBI account for all the RBI the Phils had in the game. He drove in 10 of the 21 runs the Phillies scored in the three-game series.
Hernandez and Rollins again find themselves in the middle of a rally for the Phils. Hernandez was 6-for-12 in the series with two walks and scored five runs. Rollins was 6-for-11 with three walks and four runs scored.
It was 3-3 when Bernadina singled to right off of righty AJ Ramos with two outs in the sixth. Kratz hit for Martin and popped a ball up that fell in-between Lucas and Hechavarria for a single. Bernadina moved up to third, but Kratz was caught up between first and second. Bernadina tried to come home, but was caught in a rundown and eventually tagged out to end the inning.
Hernandez walked to start the seventh, but the Phillies went in order behind him.
Hernandez in on-basing .398 in 88 plate appearances for the year after going 2-for-4 with a walk in the game. He’s on-basing .471 against right-handed pitching. Had they set the what-will-cesar-hernandez-on-base-against-righties-in-his-first-88-plate-appearances line at .470 before the start of the season, I would have taken the under.
Brown doubled to center off of lefty Mike Dunn to start the eighth. Righty Chad Qualls came in to pitch to Ruf and retired Ruf on a ground ball to short with Brown moving up to third for the first out. Asche struck out swinging for the second. Bernadina was next and hit a ball hard in the hole between short and third. Hechavarria made an amazing play to end the inning, diving to his right to field the ball, getting to his feet and making a strong throw to first to beat the speedy Bernadina.
The play Hechavarria made to end the inning was ridiculous. If you haven’t seen it you should stop reading this and go find the video. That was just a hit and he took it away. It was a hit off the bat and it also should have been a hit after he managed to glove it, given the speed of Bernadina. The throw was just as impressive as the glove.
It was the second-best play Hechavarria made in the game, although it came at a bigger point in the game than the first, given that the Phils would have taken the lead if Hechavarria hadn’t robbed Bernadina to end the eighth. With one out in the sixth, Asche lined a ball headed for left-center and singlehood, but Hechavarria got impossibly high to make an amazingly-timed stab at the ball.
Video of the two Hechavarria plays here.
Hechavarria says he was motivated to catch Asche’s ball after Asche had made a great play to take away Hechavarria’s bunt single to end the top of the sixth.
Brown doubles off the lefty to start the inning, then makes a nice base-running play, moving up to third on Ruf’s ground ball to short when the third baseman goes towards short thinking he might have to field the ball. This after fourth-inning ugliness on the bases for Brown to end that frame.
Asche strikes out against the righty with one out and a man on third.
Rollins walked with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the game still tied, took second on a wild pitch and stole third. He was left at third when Utley grounded to second to end the inning.
Rollins is on-basing .441 in September. He came into the month on-basing .309 for the year.
The Phillies were down 4-3 when they hit against righty Steve Cishek in the bottom of the tenth. Ruiz led off and reached on an error by Lucas at third. Brown was next and lined a double to right, moving Ruiz up to third. Ruf flew to right with the runners holding for the first out. Asche was next and Qualls walked the lefty intentionally, loading the bases for Bernadina. Bernadina struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Galvis hit for Jimenez and grounded to short for the third out.
That is not good. Down a run in the bottom of the tenth, the Phils can’t score after putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Ruf flies out for the first out and Bernadina strikes out with the bases loaded for the second.
Hernadez 2-for-4 with a walk in the game. 6-for-12 with two walks and six singles in the series. 329/398/380 on the year.
Rollins 1-for-3, walked twice and stole a base. 6-for-11 with three walks and a double in the series. 289/413/400 in his last 109 plate appearances going back to September 18. 252/322/345 for the season.
Utley 1-for-5 with two RBI. 6-for-14 with two home runs and ten RBI in the series. 279/345/482 for the year. 18-for-his-last-48 (.375) with two walks, five extra-base hits and 16 RBI.
Ruiz 0-for-4 with a walk. 1-for-13 with a walk in the set. Came into the series 10-for-his-last-20. 283/333/390 on the year. Started the series with a .404 slugging percentage on the only day his slugging percentage had been above .400 for the year since he had gone 1-for-4 with a double against the Mets in his first appearance of the season on April 28.
Brown 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. One double off of a lefty and the other off a righty. 3-for-11 with two walks and three doubles in the series. 272/321/510 on the year.
Ruf 0-for-5 and struck out twice. Struck out with nobody out and men on second and third in the tenth with the Phillies down a run. 4-for-12 with two walks and a home run in the series. 253/353/484 on the season. 220/314/439 over his last 153 plate appearances.
Asche 0-for-3 with a walk, which was intentional. Made a fantastic play on Hechavarria’s bunt to end the sixth. Struck out with one out and Brown on third in the eighth. 1-for-8 with a walk in the series with Galvis at third against the lefty in the middle game. 263/336/438 on the year. 7-for-his-last-36 (.194), but with seven walks and a .341 on-base percentage.
Bernadina 1-for-4 with a walk. Threw Ruggiano out going for a double on his ball off the wall in the fourth. Robbed of what should have been an RBI-single to end the eighth. Struck out with one out and the bases loaded in the tenth. 2-for-7 with two walks and a triple in the series. 180/252/300 on the year. 185/264/369 in his 74 plate appearances with the Phillies.
The Phillies are off today and home against the Mets tomorrow night.