In the last game of the three-game series between Miami and Philadelphia, the Phillies suffered a shocking loss. With their starting pitcher down, and with a 4-0 deficit in the first inning, the Marlins came back to win their first series of the 2020 season, by a final of 11-6.
The bad news for the away side started way before first pitch. Four players, including starter Jose Urena and first baseman Garrett Cooper, tested positive for COVID-19, meaning they’ll have to miss the next two weeks of action. This forced Don Mattingly to scratch Urena from his start and put Robert Dugger on the mound.
The Phillies made a statement early on, taking a 4-0 lead after a Bryce Harper‘s three-run homerun and an RBI triple by Jay Bruce. However, two quick homers for the Marlins – a solo shot by Jesus Aguilar and a three-run blast by Miguel Rojas – brought the game back to parity.
Miami then registered another huge inning in the fourth. First, Rojas drove Isan Diaz in with a triple to tie the game at 5-5. Magneuris Sierra followed that up with a run-driving triple to give the Marlins a 6-5 lead after four innings at Citizen’s Bank Park.
Homers by Brian Anderson and Corey Dickerson in the next two innings made it a 10-5 deficit for the Phillies. Philly would end up losing the game, 11-6. Adam Haseley’s double in the sixth wasn’t enough to clean up after a terrible mess by the Phillies bullpen. In addition, Sierra also drove in another run with a triple in the seventh inning.
Duggar made a rare start on the mound and allowed four earned runs in 3.1 innings. Also, he had just two strikeouts and walked one batter. The Miami bullpen was excellent from that point on, surrendering just a single run, by Jeff Brigham in the sixth. Yimi Garcia, meanwhile, made the longest relief stint, allowing a hit and two walks in 1.2 innings.
Win: Stephen Tarpley (1-0, 5.40 ERA)
Loss: Cole Irvin (1-0, 36.00 ERA)
Power-hitting on display: The Marlins continued their pleasant offensive performance at the very beginning of the campaign. Miami recorded 12 hits, three of which were for extra bases. Also, the lineup hit four homeruns, with Aguilar hitting his second of the year.
Hot start for the hot hitter: If you think Miguel Rojas was as good as he can be in his first two games, hitting 4-for-6, you were wrong. In the third game, he posted a nearly-historic day at the plate: 3-for-4, HR, 3B, 1B, HBP. Therefore, he was a double short of the first Marlins cycle in franchise history. But he’d settle for a 7-for-10 (.700) start just as nicely in the meantime.
Relievers save the day: Marlins relief pitchers, beyond the one who started the game, had a surprising day for their usual standards. In 6.2 innings, the bullpen gave up just six hits, a run, and six walks. Furthermore, Stephen Tarpley, Jordan Holloway, Brad Boxberger, and Brendan Kintzler all had scoreless outings on the mound.
The Marlins host the Orioles on Monday night at 7:10 PM for the start of two games at Marlins Park. After a pair of meetings in Florida, the series will move to Camden Yards in Baltimore.
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