The Widening Gyre: Marlins 3, Phillies 2

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Mark Buehrle did his thing, working quickly and carving up a foundering Phillies lineup, as the Marlins hit Cole Hamels just enough to top the Phillies by a score of 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

The Marlins struck first in the first inning, scoring on a scorching line drive home run from Man-Beast Giancarlo Stanton. The Phillies would answer back in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly from Shane Victorino, driving in Carlos Ruiz from third after a leadoff double and Hunter Pence single.

Hamels wasn't his sharpest today, walking three in his seven innings and striking out five. The Marlins scored again in the third on a Stanton RBI single, and in the fifth on a Justin Ruggiano sacrifice fly.

Buerhle had the best kind of Buehrle game (apart form that Perfect Game thing), striking out seven Phillies hitters and walking one. The Phillies scored their second run in the seventh on a Hunter Pence home run, who seems to be making a small career out of hitting home runs late in losing causes...

GameGraph of Things Falling Apart


Source: FanGraphs

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