The Philadelphia Phillies are not right now. Maybe hot is an understatement. The team got back to .500 with a 9-7 victory over the Miami Marlins Tuesday even though the Marlins really broke out the bats, something they did not do Monday against Kyle Kendrick and company. As it seems, the Marlins failed to play the role of spoiler, again.
1. Bats broke out: The Marlins did not score a run against the Phils Monday night and were determined to score Tuesday. They put up seven runs on the Phillies on 11 hits in the ball game. Catcher Rob Brantly had a good game going 2-for-3 in the game. Bryan Petersen and Greg Dobbs also recorded two hits for the Marlins in the loss.
2. Stanton homers again: Giancarlo Stanton is having a very ‘under the radar’ type season. Stanton connected on his 34th home run of the year off of Phillies starter Roy Halladay in the sixth inning. It was a solo shot. With that homer, Stanton has now homered in four of his last five games. Stanton is batting .283/.352/.600/.952 this season for the Fish and has recorded 79 RBI. This is only his third season with the club.
3. Eovaldi struggles continue: Picking up his 12th loss of the season, Nathan Eovaldi had another bad game. This time he only lasted four innings allowing five runs on eight hits. He did strike out three batters though. Eovaldi has now lost four straight decisions and has not picked up a win since Aug. 18. It maybe time for the Marlins to drop him from the rotation altogether.
With the win, the Marlins drop even further back in the NL East and what makes it even more awful is that at one point this season the Phillies were behind them and now the Phillies are the dark horse in the NL Wildcard race. The Phillies are only 4.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for a wildcard berth. Wednesday, Josh Johnson (8-11, 3.81 ERA) will try to stop the bleeding against Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.50 ERA)
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