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Heading home with momentum, Marlins beat Phillies, 6-3

Rookies and bullpen lead the upset, spoiling Jake Arrieta’s season debut.

Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Marlins recovered from the previous night’s embarrassment and ended a four-game skid with a 6-3 victory over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon to avoid a series sweep.

Rookie third baseman Brian Anderson came up with the clutch hit in the eighth inning, as he broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run double to give the Marlins the lead for good. Catcher Bryan Holaday added an insurance run later in the inning, when he drove in Anderson on an RBI single to put the Marlins up 6-3.

Former Cubs pitcher and Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta made his long-awaited debut for the Phils, but the Marlins were quick to spoil his first start. Miguel Rojas homered in the second at-bat of the game, and rookie outfielder Braxton Lee would give the Marlins an early 3-0 lead with a 2-RBI single. Arrieta was forced to exit after only four innings, and he allowed two earned runs and three hits. The Marlins took the early lead, but the Phillies would come back to tie the game.

Miguel Rojas’ home run launch angle, distance and exit velocity.
Source: Statcast

The Phils were down 3-1 when Nick Williams delivered an RBI single to cut the Marlins lead to 3-2. Philadelphia would knot it up at 3 in the next inning when Rhys Hoskins hit an RBI double. The scoring would hit a standstill until the eighth inning, when the Marlins scored three runs to take the decisive 6-3 advantage.

Rookie Trevor Richards made his second career start for the Marlins, and he allowed three runs and six hits in four innings. The Marlins bullpen was much more effective today than last night’s debacle. Chris O’Grady, Odrisamer Despaigne, Drew Steckenrider, and Brad Ziegler all combined to allow zero runs in relief of Richards. Despaigne earned the win, while Ziegler got his first save of the season.

The Marlins will be home for the entire upcoming week, and it starts with a three-game series versus the New York Mets. José Ureña will get the start for the Marlins, while ace Noah Syndergaard will be on the mound for New York.

Courtesy of FanGraphs

Play of the game: Brian Anderson two-run double (.199 WPA)

Attendance: 34,326

Original game thread post

Following one of their worst losses in franchise history, the Marlins will look to move on and salvage their three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon. The Marlins have lost the first two games, including a 20-1 pummeling last night.

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

*Arrieta’s stats are his projected numbers for this season, courtesy of FanGraphs.

Today's Lineups

Derek Dietrich - LF Cesar Hernandez - 2B
Miguel Rojas - SS Carlos Santana - 1B
Starlin Castro - 2B Odubel Herrera - CF
Justin Bour - 1B Rhys Hoskins - LF
Brian Anderson - 3B Nick Williams - RF
Lewis Brinson - CF Maikel Franco - 3B
Braxton Lee - RF Andrew Knapp - C
Bryan Holaday - C J.P. Crawford - SS
Trevor Richards - RHP Jake Arrieta - RHP

Matchup Summary

The Fish will look to snap their four-game losing streak, before heading back home on Monday. Trevor Richards will make his second career start for the Marlins, while former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta will make his debut for the Phillies. Rookie center fielder Lewis Brinson, who is batting just .184 to start the year, was moved down to sixth in the lineup.

Thread Question

Who will leave the rotation once Dan Straily comes back?