MIAMI — A Phillies win, which nearly happened, would not have felt right.
Not on this night.
Not on a night in which centerfielder Pedro Florimon, who has become somewhat of a manager Pete Mackanin favorite, suffered a dislocated right ankle that was gruesome to watch (see story).
Not on a night in which Rhys Hoskins, the 24-year-old who has quickly become the face of the franchise, nearly broke his right hand after getting hit by a 97-mph fastball.
Oh, by the way, the Phillies lost, 10-9, after rallying from a 10-4 deficit (see observations). But the loss was almost an afterthought given the injuries.
Fortunately for the Phillies, x-rays on Hoskins’ right hand were negative, and he is day to day.
“It was (97 mph) to my hand, so there was some pain,” said Hoskins, who was hit on the palm of his hand, above his wrist, by Marlins reliever Brian Ellington. “We’ll see tomorrow how it feels.”
Hoskins was hit in the top of the seventh and was removed in the bottom of the frame on a double-switch, a move he did not try to fight.
“Once I saw the double switch, it was only natural,” Hoskins said. “I wasn’t too surprised.”
Florimon beat out an infield hit to the hole at shortstop in the second inning, extending his hitting streak to seven games and improving his batting average to .348. But he got hurt as he stepped on the bag and was in obvious pain.
The game was delayed for about 15 minutes, as Florimon had to be carried onto a cart and taken off the field.
“He’s most likely done for the year,” Mackanin said.
The silver lining for the Phillies is the fact Odubel Herrera is pretty much ready to return from his hamstring injury.
But that is of little consolation to Florimon, who had carved out a niche for himself with the Phillies as a versatile player. In fact, it was just Friday when Mackanin was raving about him.
“I like him as a centerfielder. I like him at shortstop. He’s a good defensive player,” Mackanin said of Florimon. “He’s very athletic. He’s sure-handed. He has good instincts. He’s a switch-hitter with occasional pop. … He’d be a good guy to keep around.”
Given the calamities of the night, the fact that Aaron Nola hasn’t been able to beat the Marlins this year — or get anywhere close — was pretty far down the list of issues.
Nola (10-10) allowed 10 hits and six runs in five innings.
In three starts against the Marlins this year, Nola is 0-3 with a 10.85 ERA.
“I left balls over the plate again on them, and they’re pretty good,” Nola said. “I think I’ve got them one more time. I will try to make some adjustments.”
And on a night in which so many things went wrong, credit the Phillies' offense for never giving up.
Hoskins and Tommy Joseph each hit two-run homers. It was Hoskins’ 12th homer of the season, ending a five-game drought. For Joseph, it was his team-high 20th of the season, one short of his career high.
Nick Williams added a three-run triple. Oddly, he has three of his four triples this season here at Marlins Park.
But, perhaps, that’s not so odd at all.
Not on this night.
“This,” Mackanin said correctly, “was a wild one.”