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Phillies annihilate Marlins, fulfill national narrative

20 runs? 20 runs.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies
This child obviously switched allegiances around the first inning. Wise decision, kid.
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The Marlins took a 1-0 lead early in their game against the Philadelphia Phillies, but the Phils would put together a valiant comeback. Staring down a very daunting early deficit, Philadelphia came all the way back, and wound up winning 20-1.

And if you’re asking, no, that was not a typo.

Philadelphia smashed two grand slams, and the Marlins even had to use a position player, catcher Bryan Holaday, as a pitcher. The Phillies hit two grand slams in a game for the first time since 2009.

The Marlins actually led in this game, when Derek Dietrich scored on an error to give the Fish a 1-0 lead. Then, a bloodbath ensued in Philadelphia. The Phillies would have a 9-1 lead by the 3rd inning, but the worst was still to come for the Marlins. Philadelphia scored eight runs in the fourth inning, and they finished the inning with a 17-1 lead.

Philadelphia would have no mercy, as they tacked on three more runs to win 20-1. Marlins pitcher Dillon Peters had a rough night, as he allowed nine hits and nine runs in only 2.2 innings pitched. The Phils’ Vince Velasquez had a much better night on the mound, as allowed only one run in 6.0 innings. The Marlins offense wasn’t much better than their pitching, as they tallied only five hits, compared to Philadelphia’s 20.

Entering tonight, the Phillies had only scored 19 runs all year. But, they outscored that total in one night. The Marlins have now lost four straight, and are staring down a second straight series sweep with a loss tomorrow. Here’s a silver lining for Marlins fans: star catcher J.T. Realmuto is progressing after injuring his lower back, and Don Mattingly said he could be back later this month.

The Marlins will look to salvage this series when these two meet again tomorrow at 1:35 ET. Trevor Richards makes his second career start for the Marlins, while Jake Arrieta makes his debut for the Phillies.

Courtesy of Fangraphs

Swordfish: Maikel Franco (.234)

Flounder: Dillon Peters (-.514)

Play of the game: Franco first inning granny (.211)

Attendance: 33,660

Game thread from earlier below.

The Marlins (2-5) and Phillies (2-4) are back in action on Saturday night following an off day. On the mound, it’s a matchup of 25-year-olds: LHP Dillon Peters vs. RHP Vince Velasquez.

Pitching Matchup

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Ivan Nova Pirates 17.1 5.19 4.68 6.75 0
Jose Urena Marlins 16 5.06 4.75 7.31 0.1

Today's Lineups

Derek Dietrich - LF Cesar Hernandez - 2B
Lewis Brinson - CF Carlos Santana - 1B
Starlin Castro - 2B Scott Kingery - SS
Justin Bour - 1B Rhys Hoskins - LF
Brian Anderson - 3B Odubel Herrera - CF
Cameron Maybin - RF Maikel Franco - 3B
Miguel Rojas - SS Aaron Altherr - RF
Chad Wallach - C Jorge Alfaro - C
Dillon Peters - LHP Vince Velasquez - RHP

Thread Question:

Steal a Phillie. Magically make one member of the Philadelphia Phillies a Miami Marlin.