Elieser Hernandez: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
Vince Velasquez: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Elieser Hernandez got the start for the Fish. He only lasted five innings against the Phils.
The first three hits of the game were all home runs. JT Riddle started things off for the Fish in the third inning. He sent a pitch from Velasquez sailing over the right field wall. The Phills responded with their own home runs in the next half inning. Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins each took Hernandez deep back to back.
The Phills would tack on another run in the fifth. Two singles and a wild pitch would put Miami in a 3-1 hole. Hernandez would finish the inning, but would be done for the night. The Phills tagged him when they could.
The Fish did not take any of this lying down. The seventh would be their breakout inning and they started it with a walk from Garrett Cooper. Brian Anderson and Starlin Castro then singled to bring the run home, trimming the deficit to 3-2.
Wilkin Castillo was up next. The newly promoted catcher had not had a major league appearance since 2009. He came up big with a two-run double giving the Marlins the lead.
10+ years of hard work to make it back to The Show MOOD pic.twitter.com/0HZa7HeSma— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) June 22, 2019
The Marlins came right back next inning and added an insurance run. Curtis Granderson doubled on the first pitch he saw. Cooper and Anderson each singled to bring Granderson home. The Marlins swung early in counts and benefited greatly from it.
The bullpen had to cover four innings and they got the job done.
Austin Brice pitched himself a clean inning and got the win. He struck out both J.T. Realmuto and Jay Bruce. Wei-Yin Chen pitched the most out of the bullpen. He gave the Marlins 2 1⁄3 innings. It looked like he was going to get the unconventional three-inning save, but the Phils pulled together two hits in the ninth.
José Quijada got the call to finish out the game (Sergio Romo did not get the call since he had pitched the previous four games in a row). Quijada came in with ice in his veins and picked up the first save of his career.
The victory was a great one for the Marlins. There were plenty of pieces working well together. The Fish will now be looking for the sweep Sunday afternoon. Jordan Yamamoto will take on Enyel De Los Santos at 1:05 ET.
Marlins vs Phillies box score (MLB.com)
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