The Phillies finished out their South Florida road trip this evening without a bang, as a lineup lacking a couple key starters was unable to make much of an impact against Miami starter Pablo Lopez. When Andrew McCutchen delivered a leadoff home run in the top of the 1st inning, there was a feeling that the Phils might be able to salvage one more win at the end of a 7 game series that had already seen the Marlins win 4 games. However, the next 6 runs would all be scored by Miami, 4 off of struggling starter Vince Velasquez, and 2 more off of reliever David Phelps. The fish were bolstered by homers from Starling Marte and Miguel Rojas, two RBI doubles by Brian Anderson and Jesus Aguilar, and an RBI single by Jazz Chisholm.
Unlike jazz, there was nothing smooth for a Phillies lineup without red hot Rhys Hoskins and star catcher JT Realmuto. Through 7 innings, Philadelphia was only able to muster 3 hits against Lopez, who struck out 6 and only allowed the singular run on McCutchen’s homer. Scott Kingery, who rejoined the team today after a stint on the IL, was able to leave the yard against Marlins reliever Brad Boxberger to make it a 6-2 game in the 8th inning, but that was the only whimper out of the team since the first at bat of the game. They went down quietly in the 9th to finish out a forgettable game, and a series that, though we may want to forget, could very possibly end up being the hallmark of another disappointing season for the Phils.
The 7 game series ends with 5 of the 7 games going to the Marlins, bringing the season series to 7-3 in favor of Miami. The Phillies limp into a 3 game home series with the New York Mets starting tomorrow at 7:05pm with their season very much in jeopardy. A pitching matchup of Jake Arrieta and Rick Porcello does not necessarily inspire confidence for Philadelphia, who fell to .500 on the year today (23-23).