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Phillies 5, Marlins 3; Bullpen blues continues to finish off winless week

If your fandom can survive this stretch of bad baseball, it can survive anything.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies
Dan Straily’s strong outing was wasted by the slumping offense and tired bullpen.
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The slumping Marlins were close to snapping a five-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon, but they weren’t close enough. Thanks to a two-run homer from Asdrúbal Cabrera in the 8th, the Phillies defeated the Marlins to complete the four-game sweep of the Fish.

  • Dan Straily: 5.1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7 K (103 pitches)
  • Aaron Nola: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (91 pitches)

The Marlins failed to win a single game all week, which gave them an 0-6 road-trip. The six-game losing streak for Miami gives them their longest losing streak of the season.

Dan Straily was strong today before being taken out for Adam Conley. Straily would end up being tagged for two runs (that the bullpen inherited from him), plus Conley allowed one run of his one. Philadelphia led 3-0 after the 6th inning.

The Marlins would respond. Derek Dietrich homered, scoring Isaac Galloway, and Justin Bour continued his red-hot August with a solo home run. That tied the game at 3.

However, Cabrera’s homer in the 8th would do the Marlins in. They lose by a 5-3 final score, giving them their worst road trip of six or more games since 2014.

Drew Steckenrider, who gave up the game-winning homer, took the loss, while Pat Neshek got the win for Philadelphia.

The win for Philadelphia was crucial. It allowed them to maintain a 1 12 game lead over the Braves for first place in the NL East.

The Marlins (46-67) struggled mightily on this road trip, but the good news is they get to return home for a six-game home-stand starting on Monday night, when they take on the Cardinals. Former Marlin Marcell Ozuna will make his first appearance in Miami since the offseason trade, and Fish Stripes will have a credentialed writer in the ballpark to chronicle the reaction!

Luke Weaver will pitch for St. Louis, while Wei-Yin Chen will go for Miami. First pitch at 7:10pm.

August 5, 2018 win probability chart
Courtesy of FanGraphs

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8/5/18 Probable Starters

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Dan Straily Marlins 87.2 4.41 5.56 7.49 -0.3
Aaron Nola Phillies 142.0 2.35 2.67 9.00 4.6

Today's Lineups

Derek Dietrich - LF Cesar Hernandez - 2B
Brian Anderson - RF Rhys Hoskins - LF
Starlin Castro - 2B Nick Williams - RF
Justin Bour - 1B Carlos Santana - 1B
Martin Prado - 3B Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Miguel Rojas - SS Odubel Herrera - CF
Magneuris Sierra - CF Maikel Franco - 3B
Bryan Holaday - C Jorge Alfaro - C
Dan Straily - RHP Aaron Nola - RHP

Matchup Summary

That was ugly! José Ureña wasn’t fooling anybody with his fastball on Saturday, allowing three balls to leave Citizens Bank Park, and it could’ve been even worst. The Marlins have been outscored 18-6 in this series.

J.T. Realmuto is off on Sunday after starting 14 consecutive games. For what it’s worth, Dan Straily has performed much better this season with Bryan Holaday behind the plate (3.63 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 23/3 K/BB). But that sample size is tiny.

Phillies ace Aaron Nola took the L when he faced the Fish right before the All-Star break (July 14) despite a quality start. Over the past two-and-a-half months, that’s been his only losing decision. Hope for the best, but don’t count on it happening again.

First pitch coming approximately 1:35pm.

Thread Question: This was supposed to be Wei-Yin Chen’s start, but the Marlins rearranged things because of his extreme home/road splits. What’s your craziest theory about why Chen stinks away from Miami?