It was the same old, same old for Chris Volstad on Friday as the Fish kicked off a series with the Phils at Sun Life Stadium. Naturally, the Phillies would be instantaneously cured of their run-scoring drought as they took the field against the Marlins, and despite the festive promotion at the ball park, the game was anything but a fiesta.
Volstad put in a good performance on the mound, going 6 1/3 innings for the Marlins, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out six. But once again, as is becoming their custom, his teammates neglected to score him enough runs for the win.
Part of the problem was Kyle Kendrick, who had the ball for the Phillies and allowed only two runs through six innings. Both runs were unearned, as Chris Coghlan and Gaby Sanchez scored in the thrid on a two-out throwing error by Kendrick.
The Phils ended their 30-inning scoring drought in the fourth on an RBI triple by Raul Ibanez. They added another run in the fifth when Utley walked, stole second, and scored on a single by Ryan Howard.
Volstad walked Ben Francisco to open up the seventh inning, and allowed a one-out single to Wilson Valdez before Taylor Tankersley replaced him on the mound. With Utley at bat, a double steal put runners at second and third, and the Phils added another run as Utley grounded to short.
Thus ended the scoring in the game, as both bullpens traded zeroes through the remaining innings. The Marlins teased us in the bottom of the ninth when Cantu and Uggla singled with one out, but Cody K'd and Paulino flied out, and the Phillies took game one of the series.
The Fish have now dropped three in a row, and are a game under .500.