The Miami Marlins took the lead in the eighth inning of Thursday’s ball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, who were 1-40 in this season when trailing after eight innings. The Phillies can feel good about the win if they want, but the Marlins gave this one away.
Marlins’ closer Steve Cishek walked leadoff man Tony Gwynn Jr. in the ninth inning, and Gwynn later scored on a Jimmy Rollins fielder’s choice. Chase Utley was at the plate when the winning run came across, but he wasn’t back to old form. Instead, Ben Revere scored the winning run because the Marlins bobbled a double-play ball and couldn’t turn two.
There were some bright spots in an otherwise uninspiring win from the Phils. Kyle Kendrick didn’t get the decision, but he was able to pitch seven strong innings, allowing six hits and two runs to go with one walk and four strikeouts. His ERA is still north of four, but his performance was significantly better than prior starts this season. Jacob Diekman got the win, despite being responsible for giving up the lead on two earned runs in the eights. Jonathan Papelbon got his 19th save of the season on a strong ninth inning, striking out two.
At the plate tonight, the Phillies were mediocre. Revere continues to impress from the leadoff spot. While a lot of folks have called for manager Ryne Sandberg to make a switch for Revere in the spot, he’s got the highest batting average on the team and the most steals by a wide margin.
The Phillies will head to Pittsburgh on this road trip. They’ll trot Roberto Hernandez (3-7), David Buchanan (4-4), and A.J. Burnett (5-7) out to the mound during the series. This could be a good time for the Pittsburgh Pirates to scout Burnett, as there have been some rumors that they are interested in making a trade for him before the deadline.
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