The Phillies traveled to South Florida tonight for a 7 (yes 7!) game series with the Miami Marlins and a golden opportunity to improve their chances of earning one of the NL East’s playoff positions. However it appearsthat even the furthest southern reaches of the country are not safe from the woes of the Philadelphia bullpen. The game started with promise as the Phils jumped out to a quick lead thanks to another 1st inning run courtesy of a JT Realmuto RBI, his 28th of the year. Though the Marlins answered back in the bottom of the first with an RBI double off the bat of trade deadline acquisition Starling Marte, the tie game was short lived as a pair of runs – one from a Marlins outfield error and one from an Adam Haseley sacrifice – would put the Phillies up 3-1.
Despite giving 1 back in the bottom of the 3rd, Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta would ultimately have a fine start, only allowing 3 earned runs in his 5 and 2/3rds IP on the night. One of those would come from a Jorge Alfaro sacrifice in the bottom of the 4th, but not before the Phillies had extended their lead in the top of the frame with an RBI single from Alec Bohm and another RBI from Haseley. JT Realmuto also added another RBI via the long ball in the bottom of the 5th inning which ultimately chased Miami starter Sandy Alcantara and gave the Phils a comfortable 6-3 lead. Unfortunately, that would be the last of Philadelphia’s scoring for the night. Miami on the other hand, was far from finished.
Phils reliever Tommy Hunter loaded the bases in the bottom of the 8th inning, and Brandon Workman was unable to work out of the jam, surrendering a game tying 3 RBI double off the wall to Marte, his 2nd, 3rd, and 4th RBIs of the game. With the lead evaporated thanks to another terrible showing at the hands of the troubled ‘pen, the Phillies were unable to scratch one across in the top of the 9th. Former Philadelphia catcher Jorge Alfaro, who was traded to Miami as part of the deal for JT Realmuto, then delivered the biggest hit on the night – a walk off single in the bottom of the 9th. The 7-6 loss drops the Phillies to 21-19 on the year, and only increases the importance of the remaining 6 games of this pivotal series. The teams will be back in action for a double header tomorrow starting at 5:10PM EST.