Another game for the Miami Marlins and yet another loss for the struggling fish. Although they were able to put together a nice little win streak of three games, the Marlins are back to the square one as they have now lost their previous two games. So far this season has been one of much disappointment for fans and although there weren’t exactly high expectations set coming into the season, the fact that the Marlins are tied with the Houston Astros for the worst record in the league (8-21), is quite upsetting.
Yesterday, the Marlins took a trip to the “City of Brotherly Love” as they were set to begin their three game series with their in-division rival, Philadelphia Phillies. Coming off of a heartbreaking loss to the New York Mets, the Miami Marlins were looking to regain their mojo, sending Alex Sanabia to the mound to compete against a potential National League C.Y Young candidate, Kyle Kendrick. Yes, you read that correctly. Throughout the early portion of the season, Kendrick has been money for the Phillies. Facing a pitcher with a 3-1 record and a 2.43 ERA, the Marlins offense certainly had their work cut out for them.
Going against Kendrick is definitely not something the Marlins wanted. Coming into the game, Kendrick was coming off of a complete game shutout against the New York Mets. With the Marlins offense being ranked towards the bottom of the league, Kendrick could easily double down and have yet another strong performance. However, early on that didn’t seem to be the case as the Marlins were able to get on the board early with as Juan Pierre was able to score off of a Placido Polanco double play. Other than the RBI by Polanco, outfielder Justin Ruggiano continued to stay hot after hitting a 428 foot bomb to center field in the sixth inning. Unfortunately, those were the only two runs the Marlins were able to score, with the majority of the offensive highlights coming from the Phillies.
Prior to the opening game against the Marlins, the Phillies were shutout 6-0 by the Cleveland Indians. Many Marlins fans were hoping that Alex Sanabia could Trevor Bauer and the Indians pitching staff was able to do against Philadelphia. Unfortunately, it ended up being the complete opposite, as the Phillies offense torched Sanabia and the bullpen. Although the game was kind of close late, the “men in red” blew the game wide open with a three run 8th inning. In my opinion, Domonic Brown was the MVP last night for Philadelphia, after he had a very impressive performance, going 3-4 with a home-run, two RBI’s and two runs scored. His performance truly made the difference last night for the Phils.
The Marlins will look to bounce back from their two game losing streak tonight as they send their ace Ricky Nolasco to take the mound as he will go up against the young 22 year old righty, Jonathan Pettibone.
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