After last night’s disappointing loss in the series opener in which the Phillies once again squandered a lead and allowed the Miami Marlins to walk off a 7-6 victory, the team quickly fell back into form in Game 1 of today’s double header. After Miami starter Trevor Rogers and Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola each fanned 5 batters through 2 scoreless innings, the Phils were able to break to break through in the top of the 3rd thanks to a Jean Segura 2 RBI double and an Andrew McCutchen 2 run homer.
Apparently after last night’s bullpen implosion, the team didn’t feel as though the 4-0 lead was enough, and added on 5 more runs in the top of the 4th inning. Adam Haseley’s RBI single, Andrew McCutchen’s 3rd hit and 3rd RBI of the day, and a 3 run homer from the red hot Rhys Hoskins were responsible for pushing the lead to 9-0. Rodgers would be relieved in the 5th by Robert Dugger, but the Phillies showed no intention of slowing down, tacking on another 2 runs via another Haseley double and an Alec Bohm double and extending their lead to a gaudy 11-0.
It seems like there is no lead that is safe with this year’s bullpen, but thankfully they were given the afternoon off as a result of a stellar outing by Nola. Never truly in danger, Nola twirled a masterful 7 inning, 2 H, 10 K, complete game shutout, the first Phillies complete game since Nick Pivetta in June of 2019 and first shutout since Zach Eflin in May of 2019. While the exciting part of the game may have been the offense, it was a much needed dominant performance by Nola that set up the Phillies to contend for a double header sweep in their game later tonight. This win moves the Phillies to 22-19 on the year.