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PostHeaderIcon Game 84 Preview: Phillies at Marlins

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For once, it was hard to place blame on one aspect for the most recent Phillies loss. There was a little bit of everything, and even that wasn’t enough.

The Phillies (36-47) saw their losing streak continue with an extra-inning loss on Tuesday night. The Miami Marlins (40-43) try to climb back into the NL East race with another win. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

Cole Hamels (2-4, 2.84 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels took a no-decision in his last start against the Marlins, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings. Hamels had the same line on May 22, taking a no-decision. In 31 career starts against the Marlins, Hamels is 9-12 with a 3.20 ERA. At Marlins Park, he is 2-2 with a 2.25 ERA.

The Phillies will face right-hander Tom Koehler (5-6, 3.70 ERA). Koehler allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings, taking an no-decision against the Phillies in his last start last Thursday. In four career games and two starts against the Phillies, Koehler is 0-1 with a 5.93 ERA. At Marlins Park, he is 5-9 with a 4.13 ERA.

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PostHeaderIcon Game 83 Preview: Phillies at Marlins

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A day off was a welcome part of the Phillies schedule. There was no chance to lose for once.

The Phillies (36-46) are coming off a four-game sweep from the Braves that dropped them 10 games below .500. The Miami Marlins (39-43) are the Phillies opponent again, one week after the Phillies split a four-game series with them. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

A.J. Burnett (5-7, 3.89 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Burnett’s last start came against the Marlins last Wednesday. He allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings, taking the loss. Burnett is making his fourth start of the season against the Marlins. In five career starts against the Marlins, Burnett is 2-2 with a 2.97 ERA. At Marlins Park, he allowed three runs in five innings in his only start, picking up the win.

The Phillies will face right-hander Henderson Alvarez (5-3, 2.32 ERA). Alvarez’ last start was also against the Phillies. He allowed two runs – one earned – on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win. Alvarez is making his fourth start of the season against the Phillies. In four career starts against the Phillies, Alvarez is 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA. At Marlins Park, he is 7-6 with a 2.60 ERA.

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PostHeaderIcon 14th-inning Fireworks: Utley’s walk-off shot gives Phillies split with Marlins

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As the time of Thursday night’s game between the Phillies and Marlins approached five hours and entered the bottom of the 14th, the fireworks were put on hold. Chase Utley set them off with a blast.

It had been a long time since Utley had delivered the heroics in walk-off fashion. In fact, it was possibly the hit that set off the Phillies five-year NL East reign, a walk-off single on August 30, 2007 against the New York Mets to complete a four-game sweep.

Utley’s two-run home run in the 14th inning on Thursday night gave the Phillies the 5-3 victory and helped them split a four-game series against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 78 Preview: Phillies vs. Marlins

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A mistake in left field cost the Phillies a win on Wednesday night. On Thursday night, the Phillies need a win to simply salvage a series split.

The Phillies (35-42) have lost four of five and look to return to the winning ways they had on the road. The Marlins (39-39) look to move above .500 by claiming the series on Thursday night. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Cole Hamels (5-6, 3.89 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels was the victim of a tough luck loss on Saturday, allowing three runs – two earned – on five hits in 7 1/3 innings. Hamels faced the Marlins on May 22, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings, taking a no-decision in the Phillies 4-3 loss. In 30 career starts against the Marlins, Hamels is 9-12 with a 3.18 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 52-41 with a 3.31 ERA in 126 starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Tom Koehler (4-3, 2.39 ERA). Koehler also suffered a tough luck loss in his last start, allowing just two runs on four hits in seven innings to the Mets in a 4-0 loss. Koehler has made three appearances against the Phillies in his career, but only one start. He is 0-1 with an 8.22 ERA in those appearances. Two of those appearances, including the start, were at Citizens Bank Park. In Philadelphia, Koehler is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA.

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PostHeaderIcon Game 77 Preview: Phillies vs. Marlins

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Benefitting from mistakes by the Marlins, the Phillies were able to snap a three-game losing streak on Tuesday night. The third game of the four-game series awaits both teams on Wednesday night.

The Phillies (35-41) attempt to build on Tuesday’s win. The Marlins (38-39) try to get back into the win column. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

A.J. Burnett (5-6, 3.89 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Burnett allowed one run on seven hits in a complete game win over the Cardinals on Friday. Burnett has faced the Marlins twice this season. On April 11, he allowed two runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings, taking a no-decision in the Phillies 6-3 win. On May 20, he allowed three runs on three hits in five innings, picking up the win in a 6-5 Phillies victory. In four career starts against the Marlins, Burnett is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 5-6 with a 4.04 ERA in 16 games and 15 starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Henderson Alvarez (4-3, 2.39 ERA). Alvarez picked up the win in his last start against the Mets, allowing seven hits in 6 1/3 shutout innings. Alvarez faced the Phillies twice this season. On April 13, his only career start at Citizens Bank Park, he allowed three runs on 12 hits in six innings, taking a no-decision in a 4-3 Phillies loss. On May 22, he pitched seven shutout innings allowing four hits, but took a no-decision in the Marlins 4-3 win. In three career starts against the Phillies, Alvarez is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA.

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PostHeaderIcon Morning Review: Win or lose, Giles becoming a star

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David Buchanan struggled with his command at times on Tuesday night, forcing the Phillies bullpen into action for four innings. As they have for most of the month, they didn’t let the Phillies down.

Mario Hollands, Ken Giles, Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon all had scoreless outings in relief in the Phillies 7-4 win on Tuesday. But it was the seventh inning that showed a star in the making. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 76 Preview: Phillies at Marlins

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A five-game win streak is now a distant memory as the Phillies returned home and dropped their third straight game. If the Phillies want to continue to make believers in this team, Tuesday becomes a must-win game.

The Phillies (34-41) are looking skyward again after three straight losses, desperately seeking a win. The Miami Marlins (38-38) returned to .500 on Monday and look to continue a solid season. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

David Buchanan (3-3, 4.95 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Buchanan allowed one run on four hits in 7 2/3 innings to pick up the win against the Cardinals on Thursday. Buchanan is making his first career start against the Marlins and his fourth start at home. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA.

The Phillies will face right-hander Andrew Heaney (0-1, 1.50 ERA). Heaney allowed one run on four hits in six innings against the Mets in his major-league debut on Thursday but suffered the loss. This is his second major-league start and first against the Phillies and at Citizens Bank Park. This is also his first career road start.

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PostHeaderIcon Casey’s bat, Marlins pitching hands Phillies 3rd straight loss

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A hard-hit double to right-center in the first was all that it took. But in the ninth, the Phillies let the game get away for good.

Casey McGehee’s early two-run double in the first gave the Marlins an early lead. The Phillies never found the clutch hit to get back into the game.

So for the third straight day, the Phillies suffered a loss, continuing to drive last week’s five-game winning streak further into the rear-view mirror, falling to the Marlins on Monday by a score of 4-0 at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 75 Preview: Phillies vs. Marlins

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The Phillies closed a seven-game road trip with back-to-back losses against the Cardinals. Despite that, a 5-2 road trip was a solid turnaround for the Phillies, who head home for eight games.

The Phillies (34-40) look to get back to winning ways as they open an eight-game homestand, all against NL East opponents. The Miami Marlins (37-38) are the first opponent, coming into Philadelphia for four games. First pitch of the series opener is at 7:05 p.m.

Roberto Hernandez (3-5, 4.52 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hernandez picked up the win in Atlanta despite allowing five runs on eight hits in six innings. It was Hernandez’ first win since May 4. In two career starts against the Marlins, Hernandez is 1-1 with a 1.72 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 1-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 10 games and eight starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (4-3, 3.76 ERA). Eovaldi suffered the loss in his last start against the Cubs, allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings. Eovaldi has faced the Phillies twice this season. On April 12, he took a no-decision in the Phillies 5-4 win, allowing four runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. On May 21, he allowing three runs – one earned – on 10 hits in six innings in the Marlins 14-5 win. In eight career starts against the Phillies, Eovaldi is 2-4 with a 4.00 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 0-1 with a 6.46 ERA in three starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Fish Story: Yelich’s single downs Phillies after late rally

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Marlon Byrd crushed a two-out, game-tying home run to dead center field. In Marlins Park of all places. It was a rather unlikely home run.

It felt like fate was on the Phillies side for a change. Then the ninth inning happened and restored all that was right with the world.

With two outs and a runner on first, the Marlins strung together three straight hits, the last being a walk-off single by Christian Yelich to give the Marlins a 4-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »

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