It was camp day at the ballpark today and there were 31,814 fans, many of whom were kids from the Miami area. The kids enjoyed a day full of fun with a total of 27 hits and 13 runs during the afternoon contest at Marlins Park.
Unfortunately, it was the Phillies who supplied most of the offense, scoring 10 runs on 20 hits to take the rubber game of the three-game set with the Marlins by a score of 10-3.
Dan Straily started the rough day for the Fish pitching staff when a one-out walk in the first inning to Freddy Galvis came back to bite him. 23-year-old Phillies rookie outfielder Nick Williams tripled to left field, scoring Galvis.
The impressive Williams entered today tied for the lead in RBI since the All-Star break. He would finish with two triples and two RBI on the day.
On the next pitch, Maikel Franco hit a sacrifice fly to center to plate Williams and give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
But the red-hot Giancarlo Stanton would answer back in the bottom of the first with a 437-foot blast to left center field off of rookie starter Nick Pivetta. This was Stanton’s ninth homer in eleven games and his 30th on the season to tie Aaron Judge for the league lead.
In the third inning, the Marlins scored a run on Pivetta’s second wild pitch in a two-out at-bat against Justin Bour as Christian Yelich came into score the tying run. However, the 2-2 score was the last time the game would seem truly within reach.
In the top of the fourth, a single by Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez put the Phils ahead 3-2.
In the fifth, the Phillies loaded the bases with one out. Another Phillies rookie, Andrew Knapp, hit a sacrifice fly to plate the Phillies fourth run of the afternoon. Pivetta was up next, and grounded out to Bour to end the threat.
Straily, despite striking out seven batters over five innings, had a tough day, allowing four runs on nine hits.
Nick Wittgren did not fare well in the sixth, when he loaded the bases with nobody out. Daniel Nava then picked up his fourth hit of the day, singling up the middle to put the Phillies up 6-2. Nava would single in the ninth to collect his fifth hit (all singles) for the first five hit game of his career.
Obdubel Herrera would get a two out hit on a hard grounder under Derek Dietrich’s glove to double in another run.
Christian Yelich homered (9) in the bottom of the inning to get his first hit in the series against the Phillies, who are rumored to be interested in trading for him. But, it was too little too late.
Vance Worley pitched three innings and gave up three runs in mop-up duty.
This was the Marlins fifth loss in six games since the All-Star Break. Mercifully, the Fish will have a day off tomorrow, but will go to the hitter-friendly “Great American Smallpark” in Cincinnati Friday to start a three game set against the Reds.
Turning Point: The Cesar Hernandez single in the fourth which gave the Phils a lead they would not relinquish
King Fish: Daniel Nava with a five hit day for the Phils
Flounder: The Marlins pitchers who gave up 20 hits on the day to the last place Phillies