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Miami Not as Beachy for Phillies

The series started out fun to watch – as I mentioned in Wednesday’s blog, everyone chipped in for the Phillies to take the away opener in Miami on Tuesday Night.  That set the stage for at least a series win and possibly a series sweep of the Marlins.

Miami had other ideas.

On Wednesday – as I heard someone state – Kendrick was the best player for the Marlins that night.

Phillies started the game going up 2-0 in the top of 1.  That is a pretty sweet first inning cushion.  Kendrick promptly gave up the lead and the inning ended 2-2.  It seemed that every time the Phillies made some traction – Kendrick proved to be the equalizer.  Then to watch him trying to get that sacrifice bunt down?  Wow – what exactly does Kendrick do during batting practice?  

The game turned ugly quickly an d a very nice game by Dom Brown was wasted – as the bullpen came in to put the game completely out of reach as Manship and Jeff Garcia gave up 4 earned runs each in the 8th and 9th respectively – as the Phillies dropped Wednesday’s game 14-5.

The Rubber Game was a day shift yesterday afternoon – and the result wasn’t any better.

Cole Hamels had another strong outing, but ran into trouble in the late innings – and of course the Phillies provided no early inning run support for him to go on cruise control.  Hamels scattered 6 hits and struck out 6 – but gave up the homer to Ozuna in the 7th to put Miami ahead 3-0.

Our Phillies provided some excitement in the late innings – as the bats got hot in our half of the 8th.

Rollins stayed hot and started the 8th with a walk.  Utley doubled him to 3rd, so we have 2nd and 3rd with 1 out and Howard up.  He could have parked it and given us the tie game right there, but he Sac Flied Rollins to the plate. Thankfully Byrd followed and drilled a monster HR to dead center to tie the game at 3.

Setup man Mike Adams worked an excellent 8th striking out 2.  

We got a rally going in the 9th as we moved Revere over to 2nd after his leadoff single – but back to back K’s by Rollins and Nieves quieted the rally.

Sadly, Mr Heater Jake Diekman didn’t have the heater working – as he had a complete meltdown in the bottom of 9 – and couldn’t get out of the inning – giving up 4 hits and eventually the ball game as we lost on a walk off single – 4-3.

So we sit 5 out of first – as we start a very comfy homestand – and we play the next 22 of 33 at Citizens Bank Park.

As I mentioned Wednesday – this stretch will dictate the Phillies year.  If we get a nice winning streak together, we will position ourselves to chase the Braves down the stretch.  If we continue to dislike the “home cooking” here at CBP (currently 8-12 this year at home), then look for Amaro to be moving some key players out of Philadelphia come July. 

Personally, I am hoping for a NICE 3 game sweep of the Dodgers this holiday weekend.