The Phillies are not off to a good start in this shortened 2020 season, especially after last nights disappointing 5-2 loss to the Marlins on opening night at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies were up against Sandy Alcantara, who prior to this outing, had only allowed 2 runs in 2 starts against the Phillies. He seemed to pick up right where he left off. The Phillies could only muster 3 hits against the rookie Alcantara, while going down on strikes 7 times.
The Marlins were aided by a four-run sixth inning. It all started when Aaron Nola came out for the sixth and almost immediately got into a jam. He walked Miguel Rojas, and then, up 0-2 in the count against Jesus Aguilar, Nola made the biggest mistake of the night. Nola chucked Aguilar a hanging knuckle-curve that he didn't miss. Aguilar hit a bomb the left field and the Phillies found themselves down 3-1. Ramon Russo came in and was not any better. He was taken out after allowing 2 runs, one on a wild pitch, and another off of a Garrett Cooper RBI double. Reggie McClain came in and only needed one pitch to get out of the inning.
The Phillies Didi Gregorius had a tremendous game. In the bottom of the 5th, with no outs, Gregorius stepped into one and hit it deep into the night skies, and when it landed in the empty seats in right center field, the Phillies had cut the Marlin lead to just one.
The Phillies best chance came in the bottom of the 8th. The Phillies first 2 hitters went down, then Rhys Hoskins plopped one over the second baseman's head for a 2 out single. Bryce harper proceeded to draw a 4 pitch walk. J.T. Realmuto was the next batter, and although he did go up in the count 3-0, he proceeded to take a pitch right up the middle for strike one. Then, Marlins pitcher, Yimi Garcia, proceeded to blow one right by Realmuto, who didn't have a chance on the heater for strike 2. Garcia went back to the fastball on 3-2 and got Realmuto to ground one right back to himself, and the threat was gone. The Phillies mustered a baserunner off a Didi Gregorius single in the ninth, but it was short lived. Marlins closer Brandon Kintzler got Jean Segura to fly-out to Centerfielder Harold Ramirez. Then, Jay Bruce ran into a game ending double play.
The Phillies are back in action tomorrow, as they face off against the Marlins once more at Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is at 4:05 Est. You can catch the game on the Golden Hour Sports Network on SportCastr, or watch live on twitch @goldenhouronsc. The Phillies are still searching for their first win on the year.