At one point the Miami Marlins were down 10-1, but fell short of a comeback bid, falling 12-9 last night against the Philadelphia Phillies.
When your team is down and almost out, the thought of making a comeback sometimes seems a bit of a reach. The Miami Marlins, however, continued to scratch and claw their way back after a10-1 deficit, only to fall to the Philadelphia Phillies 12-9 at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday night.
Instead of writing about how the organization could not muster runs and were mowed down by Philadelphia pitchers, the lineup, led by a late charge from Curtis Granderson, showed life that was a little too late to develop.
The lineup finished with 17 hits on the night, but the comeback came up too late.
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"“On Saturday, the 38-year-old let his play do the talking,” Joe Frisaro wrote. “Granderson had a season-high three hits, two RBIs and a walk on a night when the Marlins played from behind from the beginning. Trevor Richards had a rough outing, giving up home runs to Nick Williams and Andrew McCutchen.”"
Richards once again could not get a win. The young pitching staff still shows it has problems winning consistently on the weekend. The Marlins are now 8-19 on the season and still stuck in the NL East cellar.
"“It’s what we’ve shown all season long,” Granderson said. “Even though we’ve been down, we’re definitely not out of it. We’re not going to lay down and quit. Everybody continues to try to get it to the next man, and put together good at-bats, and keep ourselves in the ballgame, no matter what the score happens to be.”"
Another one of the highlights of the evening was the developing power of Jorge Alfaro, who hit a home run against his former team. Alfaro has fought through injuries since he was acquired from Philadelphia this offseason and remains a catalyst for this lineup when the team needs a key hit.
Alfaro now had five home runs this season.
The team has lost their last two games in this series. The two teams meet again on Sunday to close out the set at 1:05 PM before Miami heads back to Marlins Park to host the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.
In case you were wondering, The largest deficit that the Marlins have overcome with a win is seven runs. The team has done twice, the last time coming at Arizona on July 9, 2009.