I believe there is an old saying that goes something like this, “There are good things for those who wait”. The Marlins and Phillies had a rain delay last night that lasted around an hour and a half. The game that followed was not great for the Fish. For the seventh time this April the Marlins were shutout. This sounds like a lot, because it is, this set a new franchise record for the club.
The rain pour came down heavy in Philly and afterwards the wind whipped around all game. The Phills got to José Ureña early, and it seemed like he was agitated. He showed a lot of emotion throughout the early part of the game, and would re-adjust himself on the mound multiple times. Ureña has always had trouble with the Phillies, so I am sure the weather conditions just added to his worries.
J.T. Realmuto blasted a solo shot off of Ureña in the first inning. He drove a ball that covered too much of the middle of the plate. Bryce Harper would then fly out to the warning track in center field. Rhys Hoskins tried to deal some damage by doubling in his first at bat. Luckily for the Fish Ureña was able to bear down, getting Nick Williams to ground out, ending the inning.
From there on Ureña looked good, at least until the home run ball got to him again. Maikel Franco in the fourth inning drove a ball opposite field over the right field wall. The pitch was in the upper part of the strike zone and Franco used his power to lift it out. Ureña to his credit settled down quickly and got Cesar Hernandez out to end the inning.
Ureña went seven innings and the only thing that hurt him was the home run ball. Even so two runs is not the end of the world. The problem comes when your team can not support you offensively. This was the case again for the Fish. Their hits were isolated for the most part, and only Lewis Brinson had an extra base hit. Jorge Alfaro contributed two of the five hits last night.
Tyler Kinely gave up two runs when he came in to relive Ureña. It was a Bryce Harper home run that scored Realmuto, making it 4-0 Phills. This was the eighth inning, and by this point the Fish had only three hits. The inability to hit is crippling the Fish. They already had no power in their lineup. Without playing small ball and producing multiple hits, the losses will keep coming. Trevor Richards will be taking on Jake Arrieta, first pitch is 6:05 ET.
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