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PostHeaderIcon That’s A Snap: Phillies streak ends with 9th-inning comeback

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In the fifth inning and again in the eighth inning, it felt like it was happening again.

The Marlins took a 2-0 lead in the fifth. In the eighth, Jake Diekman let a Phillies lead slip away, putting the Marlins in front by a run.

It was happening again.

Then suddenly, the Phillies managed to find life in the ninth. The week-long losing streak did not reach seven games.

A two-run ninth propelled the Phillies to a 5-4 win over the Marlins in the series finale on Thursday night at Marlins Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 Morning Review: Time for a break from Brown

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When a player is struggling, usually it takes no more than a day off to try to reset the mentality of the player. Domonic Brown got that day off on Tuesday night. On Wednesday night, there was nothing different about Brown’s game.

It started in the second inning. Brown had a golden opportunity to give the Phillies the lead, with two runners in scoring position and one out. The Marlins were conceding a run. Brown struck out on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt. The Phillies didn’t score that inning. They lost on Wednesday night by a run.

In the fourth, a ball off the bat of Marcell Ozuna sailed over the head of Brown, who misplayed the ball. It was an RBI double. A two-run double followed. Those were the only three runs the Marlins scored.

There were many players in the lineup at fault for scoring just two runs in nine innings. But Brown was right in the center, even with an RBI single in the sixth. It was simply another defensive play that could not be overlooked. It cost the Phillies the game. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Doomed By Dom: Brown’s miscue gives Marlins enough in loss

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In baseball, when you open the door for big things, you sometimes pay big. Domonic Brown opened the door for the Marlins.

With two outs in the fourth, a line drive to left was misplayed by Brown, sailing over his head. By the time the inning ended, the Marlins had a 3-0 lead.

Brown got mild redemption, hitting an RBI single in the sixth, but the Phillies could not recover, falling to the Marlins with a 3-2 loss on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 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 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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