Well, it may not have been pretty, but a win is a win I guess.
In a day where the team’s pitching coach and manager came under some fire for handling the pitching staff, the Phillies ended their losing streak, using a bases loaded error from the Marlins to secure their first win against Miami since the Bush administration. It may not have been pretty, and it did take forever, but a win is a win is a win.
It started off shakily enough. The team went with Vince Velasquez to make his season ending appearance and shockingly enough, he struggled. He could only make it four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, striking out three. He finishes 2019 with a 4.91 ERA and an enormous question mark about his future with the team.
Bryce Harper hit a run scoring triple in the first, then scored on a Rhys Hoskins sacrifice fly. Adam Haseley singled in Cesar Hernandez in the fourth and Harper hit his own sacrifice fly in the fifth, making the score 4-4, which would hold through the sixth.
This game went forever until finally in the fifteenth inning, the Phillies loaded the bases for Haseley. The Marlins then decided to Marlins on the field.
It wasn’t the most exciting game in the world and I’ll bet about six people actually stayed up to finish it, but the beleaguered team will take it.
They'll continue Saturday, where they try and actually take series from the Marlins. Simple enough, right? Well, not even the most basic things are simple with this team.