MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 14: Rob Brantly #19 of the Miami Marlins looks on during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on August 14, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
Hero of the Game: Josh Johnson (.258 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (-.198 WPA)
Play of the Game: Jimmy Rollins home run to lead off the game. This would be the only run of the game (.106 WPA).
A painful loss for the Marlins Tuesday night as they go down to the Phillies 1-0. It always seems that the Phils tend to bring out the worst in Marlins hitting. They were shut out on Monday night by Cole Hamels. And now it was Kyle Kendrick and two relievers that did the same last night. Going back to the 5-0 loss on Sunday at the hands of the Dodgers, the Marlins have now been shut out in three straight. First time in franchise history this happens. At this point, the Marlins are truly pressing. In fact, of the five hits they got off Kendrick, all were singles. The long ball is no where to be found. Hopefully, things start picking up when Bonifacio comes off the disabled list later this week. His speed will help.
Josh Johnson was dominant
Tough luck loser, JJ once again falls to the Phillies by the score of 1-0. Check out how impressive his final pitching line was: eight innings, one run, seven strike outs, three hits, one walk, 114 pitches. He actually lowers his ERA at the end of this contest to 3.73. Amazing stuff for sure considering how he started the season. JJ is not only pitching great ball games for the Fish, just the fact that he is still pitching this late in the season, en route to 200 innings, is a great sign for a guy who only made nine starts last season. Last night was very reminicent of Johnson's time with the Marlins however. He is usually a guy who gets very little run support. And for whatever reason, the Marlins never bail him out.
Rob Brantly goes hitless in debut
Welcome to the big leagues young man. Brantly went hitless in three at bats. He should not feel terrible as none of the Marlins has good swings against the Phillies. Rob popped out, grounded out, and struck out. In all I would say his first time out was a success because he and Josh Johnson worked out well as battery mates. Johnson went eight innings, only giving up the one run. For Brantly to stick around permanently, he will have to hit. In fact, this is all he did in Triple A. So we'll give him a pass and continue to expect great things from the young catcher moving forward.