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Despite two homers from Realmuto, the Marlins fall to the Phillies 9-4

Trevor Richards only lasted 1 1⁄3 innings and surrendered 6 runs

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Miami Marlins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

This game was decided fairly early on, displayed quite clearly by tonight’s leverage index:

The Phillies, who scored only 5 runs over their past 4 games jumped all over Trevor Richards tonight.

Richards had control problems both within and outside of the strike zone. In 1.1 innings, Richards gave up four hits while walking four, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch while on his way to giving up six runs in the shortest start of his career.

As has happened several times this season, the Marlins gave up a lead-off home run, this time to Carlos Santana. Later in the first, a bases loaded triple by Cesar Hernandez, put the Fish behind 4-0 early on.

In the second, a double from Marlins-killer Asdrúbal Cabrera plated two more Phillies to put the Marlins in a 6-0 hole - one that they would not dig out of. Of note, Cabrera hit a solo homer later in the game, his seventh of the season against Miami.

On the plus side: J.T. Realmuto. The All-Star catcher hit two homers again the eventual game winning pitcher, Jake Arietta, to give Realmuto 20 dingers on the year.

Showing the beauty of the 40-man September roster, the Marlins sent seven pitchers to the mound in a nine-inning game, including the much anticipated Marlins debut of Tyler Kinley. Sigh. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow.

Attendance: 7,131

Turning Point: When the National Anthem ended

King Fish: J.T. with two dingers

Flounder: Trevor Richards (obviously)

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Probable Starters:

Jake Arrieta

Standard Pitching
Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
2018 32 PHI NL 9 9 .500 3.54 26 26 0 0 0 0 147.1 135 75 58 16 48 0 109 6 1 9 610 117 4.18 1.242 8.2 1.0 2.9 6.7 2.27
9 Yrs 97 65 .599 3.57 223 217 1 6 5 0 1308.1 1089 577 519 125 451 17 1179 49 1 63 5388 115 3.70 1.177 7.5 0.9 3.1 8.1 2.61
162 Game Avg. 15 10 .599 3.57 34 34 0 1 1 0 202 168 89 80 19 70 3 182 8 0 10 833 115 3.70 1.177 7.5 0.9 3.1 8.1 2.61
CHC (5 yrs) 68 31 .687 2.73 128 128 0 6 5 0 803.0 586 274 244 61 244 8 793 28 0 44 3199 148 3.16 1.034 6.6 0.7 2.7 8.9 3.25
BAL (4 yrs) 20 25 .444 5.46 69 63 1 0 0 0 358.0 368 228 217 48 159 9 277 15 0 10 1579 77 4.72 1.472 9.3 1.2 4.0 7.0 1.74
PHI (1 yr) 9 9 .500 3.54 26 26 0 0 0 0 147.1 135 75 58 16 48 0 109 6 1 9 610 117 4.18 1.242 8.2 1.0 2.9 6.7 2.27
NL (6 yrs) 77 40 .658 2.86 154 154 0 6 5 0 950.1 721 349 302 77 292 8 902 34 1 53 3809 142 3.32 1.066 6.8 0.7 2.8 8.5 3.09
AL (4 yrs) 20 25 .444 5.46 69 63 1 0 0 0 358.0 368 228 217 48 159 9 277 15 0 10 1579 77 4.72 1.472 9.3 1.2 4.0 7.0 1.74
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/4/2018.

Trevor Richards

Standard Pitching
Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
2018 25 MIA NL 3 7 .300 4.26 20 20 0 0 0 0 101.1 96 49 48 11 45 3 103 4 1 7 437 85 3.98 1.391 8.5 1.0 4.0 9.1 2.29
1 Yr 3 7 .300 4.26 20 20 0 0 0 0 101.1 96 49 48 11 45 3 103 4 1 7 437 85 3.98 1.391 8.5 1.0 4.0 9.1 2.29
162 Game Avg. 5 12 .300 4.26 34 34 0 0 0 0 172 163 83 82 19 77 5 175 7 2 12 743 85 3.98 1.391 8.5 1.0 4.0 9.1 2.29
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/4/2018.

Matchup Summary:

The newly engaged Trevor Richards takes the hill tonight against the flailing Phillies, who are struggling to keep their fading playoff hopes alive. Given the Phillies struggling offense, it seems like a great set up for Richards, who himself has been a revelation on the mound this season. With a 3.49 ERA over his last seven starts, and averaging more than a strikeout per inning, he looks to be more than a challenge for a team with a notorious difficulty in hitting change-ups.
Another story line looks to be the return of Lewis Brinson to the lineup. He went 2 for 3 yesterday, and has been flashing a more disciplined approach at the plate. There are still things to watch for in September for the Fish, and tonight should be no exception.

Thread Question:

Are you feeling more confident about Lewis Brinson since he has returned to the Marlins?