Three Things: Philadelphia Phillies Extend Win Streak Against Miami Marlins

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The Philadelphia Phillies wrapped up a sweep of the Miami Marlins Wednesday with a 3-1 victory. The team also extends its win streak to seven games in an effort to climb up the National League wild-card ladder to try to secure a playoff berth with a sneak attack. The Phillies are 11-4 since Aug. 28.

1. Johnson solid but allows one mistake: The Marlins sent Josh Johnson to the mound to stop the bleeding that the Phillies have caused and for six innings, he had the Phillies right where he wanted them. It was not until the bottom of the seventh when things got dicey. Pete Orr would single with two outs and Jimmy Rollins up. Orr then stole second to put himself into scoring position. Then, Rollins would connect on a huge two-run homer to give the Phillies the two go-ahead runs. They did not look back. Johnson finished the inning totaling seven for the game with six strikeouts and three runs on four hits.

2. Lee holds strong: This could be the game that Cliff Lee needed to give him and the team some confidence. He picked up his fifth win of the season after lasting seven innings and striking out six batters. He allowed one run on a Carlos Lee single. Lee’s stability in the stretch run will be key in how the Phillies finish.

3. Another disappointing loss: It only took one mistake for the Marlins to lose this game again. They will not regret leaving Philadelphia. It only seems like yesterday that the Phillies were behind the Marlins in the NL East standings. The season that once had huge hopes it deeply sunk in the put of despair. There will be huge changes this offseason it could be on the field or even in the front office. Some thing has to give here.

The Marlins return home Friday to host the Cincinnati Reds. Jacob Turner (0-2, 5.29 ERA) will look for his first win in Miami against Bronson Arroyo (12-7, 3.66 ERA).

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