The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 7-4 Tuesday night and things are coming together for rookie pitcher David Buchanan (4-3). He threw five solid innings, allowing two runs and six hits to get the win and snap a three-game losing streak for the Philadelphia Phillies. When Buchanan got in to some trouble in the fifth inning, he struck out Marcell Ozuna on a full count to preserve his lead. Mario Hollands and Ken Giles pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings before newly called-up B.J. Rosenberg gave up three hits and a two-run homerun in the eighth inning. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning to get his 18th save in 20 attempts this season.
The Philadelphia bats showed up to the ballpark today as Ryan Howard, Cody Asche, Ben Revere, and Marlon Byrd all contributed extra base hits. Jimmy Rollins had two stolen bases and Chase Utley had one of his own. Some of the same problems continued to show themselves, though. With runners in scoring position, the Phils only managed to go 2-11, missing significant opportunities against a rookie pitcher from the Miami Marlins.
Other game notes…Tony Gwynn Jr. pinch-hit for Jacob Diekman in the eighth inning on the same day he was activated following the death of his father. Byrd’s two-run homer brings him to one home run behind Ryan Howard (14 and 13 respectively) for the team lead and only five RBI behind (50 and 45). There is no one close in either category as Jimmy Rollins is in third for home runs with eight and the ever-confusing Dominic Brown sits in third with 37 RBI.
The third game of this four game set might prove more challenging for the Phillies at the plate. The Marlins will bring very underrated Henderson Alvarez (4-3) to the mound against the struggling A.J. Burnett (5-6).
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