The Phillies lost another game to the Miami Marlins tonight, this time by a score of 4-2. They were leading until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Sam Coonrod gave up three runs with two outs. The Phillies are now 5-11 against Miami dating back to last season.
Things got off to a nice start for the Phillies in the third inning. Roman Quinn hit a ground ball down the first base line which felt like a triple off the bat, but Quinn had to stop at second. It might have actually been for the best that he didn’t get to third, because Aaron Nola’s sacrifice bunt attempt on the next pitch ended up with runners on the corners, no outs, and the top of the lineup coming up. Nola’s bunt was a tiny dribbler right in front of home plate, and Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro made the strange decision to throw to third instead of first. The speedy Roman Quinn beat Alfaro’s throw, and Nola reached base safely.
Unfortunately, after all that, the Phillies only managed to score one run, thanks to an RBI walk by Brad Miller. Exciting stuff!
After cruising through the first two innings, Aaron Nola started to show signs of weakness in the third, when he hit a batter, walked another, and allowed the Marlins to score their first run of the game on an RBI single by Jesus Aguilar.
Meanwhile, Andrew Knapp showed immense strength when he managed to stay in the game after taking his second foul ball to the groin in as many days. Knapp was clearly in unbelievable pain, but he managed to walk it off (eventually) and catch the rest of the game.
In the top of the fourth, Roman Quinn and Aaron Nola both reached base for the second time of the game, but this time no one scored. Still, it was nice to see Roman Quinn hitting well in his return from the injured list and Aaron Nola recording just his second hit of the year.
Aaron Nola struggled once again in the fourth, walking two more batters, but this time he escaped without any damage.
In the next inning, Jean Segura reached base on an error and Brad Miller singled to give the Phillies runners on the corners with no outs for the second time this game. Just like the first time, the Phillies only managed one run, driven in on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Rhys Hoskins.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Andrew Knapp took another foul ball to the groin, this time off the bat of Jorge Alfaro. Luckily, this one didn’t seem to hurt as much as the last (perhaps that whole area is just completely numb now), and Knapp was able to share some friendly words with his former catching partner as he settled back into place.
Odubel Herrera made an impressive catch in center field to rob Isan Diaz of a home run and get Aaron Nola out of the inning. Nola ended the night with a final line of 6 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K. Looking at those numbers now, it’s hard to believe that I thought Nola was struggling during the game. It’s pretty incredible that on a night when Aaron Nola clearly didn’t have his best stuff, he was still able to put in a great performance. I love this man.
The seventh inning was largely uneventful, except for a mindless defensive play by Andrew McCutchen. Magneuris Sierra singled to left, and Cutch weakly tossed the ball in to third base. Sierra was able to advance to second on the throw, because McCutchen wasn’t paying enough attention when he fielded the ball. It didn’t end up mattering this time, because Jesus Aguilar flew out to end the inning soon after, but it could have really hurt the Phillies. Sierra represented the winning run, and Cutch let him advance to scoring position. This play reminded me a lot of Rhys Hoskins’ mindless play earlier this year, except, of course, without the disastrous consequence.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, with two outs, Sam Coonrod gave up a walk and two singles to allow the tying and winning runs to score. The Phillies were unable to put up a fight in the ninth inning, and the Marlins walked away with the win.
At least they haven’t dropped the series yet, since there’s another game tomorrow afternoon at 12:10pm. We get to see Spencer Howard pitch again, so at least that will be fun.
p.s. The Phillies have now dropped to 1-6 in games that I’ve recapped. I’m sorry everyone.