By: Matthew Mack
The Phillies go on the road to face the Miami Marlins for a four game series. The Phillies have not played well at Loan Depot Park in recent years.
In the opening game, the Phillies struck first blood with Bryce Harper hitting a sacrifice fly to score Kyle Schwarber in the first. Marlins Garrett Cooper had other plans as he tied the game with a solo blast to left in the fourth. In the same inning, Joey Wendle knocked two more runs to take the lead 3-1. The Phillies then answered back in the seventh when Harper with a two-run RBI double to trim the deficit to one. Anthony Bender of the Marlins slammed the door to seal the win 4-3.
On Friday, it was all Miami as they came out like gangbusters in the early going. The Marlins scored two runs in the first two innings. In the fifth, Jesus Sanchez tripled home a run and Jesus Aguilar hit a sacrifice fly in the subsequent at bat to score Sanchez. After another sacrifice fly in the sixth by Aguilar, the Marlins were up 7-0. Phillies Nick Castellanos hit a solo homer in the ninth was all the offense they could muster as they lost this one 7-1.
While Tyrese Maxey and the Sixers were going off in Game 1 of the NBA Quarterfinals, the Phillies followed suit by scoring eight runs in the first two innings of the game and never looked back. Starting pitcher Ranger Suarez pitched five innings of work along with six hits, two earned runs, both off of a Jorge Soler homer in the fifth, four strikeout and three walks as he came away with the win. Alec Bohm had the biggest day going 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs. With the domination, the Phillies were 7-for-12 with runners in scoring position as they won this one 10-3.
In the series finale, the Marlins got the leg up on Zack Wheeler as their offensive onslaught continued. Miami hit their way to 6 runs early in the game. The Phils pitching just was not up to par. That included hitting four batters in the game. Harper and Schwarber both homered in the game but the Marlins remained in control throughout the game. The Marlins took the game and the series 11-3.
Next stop on the road trip will be to Coors Field in Denver to face the Colorado Rockies. The Phillies offense has yet to fully put things together. The pitching staff also needs to find their lives quick, fast, and in a hurry. The Rockies, as of now, are the best team in MLB in hitting and are tops in the NL West for the moment. The Phillies need to find themselves or they will have to climb out of a deep hole that they themselves dug.