The Philadelphia Phillies seem to be capable of getting hits. The problems come when you ask them to string a few together and score enough runs to put a game away. A.J. Burnett pitched a strong six innings against the Miami Marlins, allowing four runs, three earned, striking out 10 batters. Marlins’ starter Henderson Alvarez was a little better, pitching seven innings and allowing only two runs to go with his three strikeouts.
The Phillies’ bats got off to a hot start, too. Chase Utley was able to single home Jimmy Rollins for his 38th RBI of the year in the first inning. Domonic Brown was able to bring Marlon Byrd across the plate an inning later for his 39th RBI of the year. It was six long innings and four Marlin scores later before the bats woke back up. Byrd and Cody Asche hit back-to-back home runs for their 16th and 5th of the year, respectively. Of course, the Phillies went back to sleep right after that. The next 10 batters were retired by the Marlins’ bullpen before Ed Lucas hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th to put away the game.
On a bright note, the Phillies bullpen continues to pitch well, going 3.1 innings today with only three hits and five strikeouts. Justin De Fratus was the unlucky pitcher to give up the game-winning run, but it was the first run he’s allowed since returning to the majors on May 25th.
This game was never really out of reach for the Phils, but they seemed to lose all of their plate discipline after the back-to-back home runs, seeing only 30 pitches over the final 2.1 innings. Overall, the Phillies pitchers recorded .2 less innings than Marlins pitchers but threw 190 pitches while only seeing 138. I don’t agree with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. about much, but he’s right when he says that plate discipline and offense have to improve if this team wants to compete going forward.Tags: Baseball, MLB, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Phillies