Philadelphia Phillies (66-60) at Miami Marlins (45-81)
A nine inning game that lasts over four hours will often see a higher than normal score, or at least a rain delay. In total on August 23rd last season, thirty runners crossed the plate. In contrast to their (lack of) success against the Braves, the Marlins actually posted a winning record against Philadelphia in 2019, going 10-9.
The Phils touched Marlins starter Hector Noesi for seven runs in his first three innings before Miami managed getting on the board. In the bottom of third, the Marlins struck back. Brian Anderson was HBP with the bases loaded, followed by an RBI-single from Garrett Cooper, a two-run-single from Harold Ramirez, and a three-run shot courtesy of Isan Diaz to tie it at seven.
Although the Marlins had gamely fought all the way back, reliever Wei-Yin Chen promptly coughed the lead back up to the Phillies in the fourth inning. He allowed two runs on three hits and a walk, getting only two outs. Tyler Kinley came in to finish the inning, and ended up with the victory when it was all over.
The Marlins scored two on a Brad Miller error in the fifth, then followed with a Neil Walker two-run-single and a Curtis Granderson RBI-single to make it 12-9. In the sixth, Lewis Brinson added an RBI-single and Starlin Castro connected for a two-run shot, his 12th of the season to make it 15-9.
Although it was already all over but the crying, the Marlins scored four more in the eighth, on a Brinson RBI-single, another Castro two-run shot, and Jon Berti’s fifth of the season.
The Phillies scored two in the ninth, but that was way too little, way too late. When the dust settled, it was 19-11, the Good Guys.