The Philadelphia Phillies faced the Miami Marlins for the 19th time this season, and were unable to get the win, as the Marlins outlasted the Phillies in what was a close game all night. Starters Cole Hamels and Brad Hand for Miami were both serviceable, with the Phillies' bullpen and Adeiny Hechavarria working together to give the Marlins the win tonight.
The Marlins plated two runs in the bottom of the second inning on a Hechavarria triple, which brought home Justin Ruggiano and Placido Polanco. No scoring took place until the top of the seventh inning, when the Phillies drove Brad Hand from the game and tied the score up.
With Darin Ruf on third and Kevin Frandsen on first, Freddy Galvis singled to bring Ruf home to cut the lead to 2-1. Two batters later, Cesar Hernandez stepped in and drove Frandsen home from second, tying the score at 2 runs apiece. Hand was removed from the game after giving up one run, but would have both runs charged to his line, and would become ineligible for the win. Hand lasted 6 and 1/3 innings, allowed 7 hits, 2 earned runs, walked one, and struck out three.
Cole Hamels allowed just the 2 earned runs in the second inning, lasting 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, issuing 2 walks, and striking out 6. He was taken off the hook for his 15th loss of the season, but he also had a chance to pick up the 100th win of his career tonight. Unfortunately, his offense was unable to spot him the run support – a common issue in recent years.
That lack of runs would come back to haunt the Phils by the eighth inning, when Adeiny Hechavarria again forced in a run on a strange fielder's choice play against Ethan Martin. Hechavarria's speed helped him beat out the throw and get Justin Ruggiano to the plate again, and Jimmy Rollins made a throwing error on the play. The Marlins took the 3-2 lead, and turned it over to Steve Cishek, who closed the Phillies down in the ninth and got the save.
The Phillies and the Marlins met for the last time this season tonight. The Phillies went 12-7 against the NL East rival Marlins this year, their most amount of wins against any team the entire season. All that remains in this 2013 season is a trip to Atlanta for a 4-game series with the division champion Braves, who are fighting for home field advantage in the National League with the playoffs just around the corner.
Since the Phillies' last game of the season is this Sunday, September 29th, look out for a new special beginning Monday September 30th here at Phillies 101. We will be going through each player on the Phillies roster as it will stand at the end of the season and analyzing and grading their 2013 performances, as well as speculating their role on (or off) the team in 2014. Again, this begins Monday September 30th, and will last right into November. There will be days, especially in early October, where we will sprinkle in other articles, possibly analyzing the Phillies' 2013 performance against division rivals and other teams. Stay tuned for more information…we'll do what we can to keep the offseason interesting!
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