Some days, you have the second ranked offense in the game.
Others, you manage four hits on the day.
This was the latter.
You have to hand it to Jake Arrieta. When he’s off, he’s really off. There is not in between. He’s either going to give you a solid 5-6 innings where the other team is just beating the ball into the ground right at the fielders, or he’s giving up a ton of hits, getting balls that he leaves up hammered.
The Marlins got it started in the first with a one out triple from Matt Joyce, who was singled home by Corey Dickerson. They got on the board again in the third when Brian Anderson and Dickerson went back-to-back with solo home runs. Meanwhile, the Marlins’ starter Sandy Alcantara baffled the Phillies. He gave up a hit here, a hit there, but he was otherwise completely in control of the offense.
Were it not for Dickerson, who homered again off of Arrieta in the fifth, the Marlins may not have scored at all. Alas, he was going off against the Phillies starter and the Marlins managed to salvage the final game of the series.
This game was boring.
One minor note: Tommy Hunter was lost for the season with a nerve issue in his pitching elbow. Thus ends his tenure with the Phillies.
The Phillies travel to New York for a three game set with the Mets, followed by a series in Atlanta. This will be a big test for the team.