Following a shellacking in Game 1 of today’s double header, the Marlins were able to answer the call in Game 2 and handed the Phillies a loss leading to a split on the day. In what was a bullpen game for the Phils, Miami was able to work across 5 runs, which would prove to be enough as the bats went cold for Philadelphia following their earlier offensive explosion. Blake Parker, who made a spot start for the Phillies, was able to work 2 strong scoreless innings which let the team take a 1-0 lead in the top of the 3rd after a Rhys Hoskins RBI.
However Heath Hembree, who followed Parker, surrendered the lead almost immediately in the bottom of the frame, serving up a solo homer to Lewis Brinson. Ranger Suarez would give up 3 earned runs of his own in the 4th, though 2 of those 3 runs were inherited runners that David Hale allowed to cross later in the inning. Andrew McCutchen, who had stellar games in both legs of the double header, was able to cut into the lead with an RBI single in the top of the 5th to bring the Phillies within 2, but David Phelps – who has struggled since being acquired from Milwaukee – gave up a run of his own in the bottom of the 6th on a Starling Marte RBI single.
With the score standing at 5-2, the Phillies were able to make a little noise in the top of the 7th as Bryce Harper hit a ground rule double and subsequently scored on a single from JT Realmuto, but the effort would not be enough to overcome the deficit and Marlins reliever Yimi Garcia was able to close the door on a 5-3 victory for the fish. Because of the Braves loss tonight, the door was open for the Phillies to gain more ground in the race for the NL East title, but unfortunately they ended the day in only a half a game better position than they started it. The Phils, who dropped to 22-20, will be back in action against the Marlins in South Florida tomorrow when Spencer Howard takes the mound against Jose Urena.