Instant Replay: Marlins 9, Phillies 8

Instant Replay: Marlins 9, Phillies 8


The Phillies could not hold a five-run lead in the middle innings and lost Thursday's series finale, 9-8, to the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

The Marlins tied the game with three runs in the sixth — all the runs came on a pair of homers — and took the lead in the top of the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by J.T. Realmuto. Realmuto also tied the game with an inside-the-park homer in the sixth.

Rhys Hoskins homered again for the Phillies, his eighth in an 11-game span.

The Marlins took three of four in the series.

The two teams combined for 21 home runs in the series, 11 by the Phillies; 10 by the Marlins.

Starting pitching report
Jake Thompson, called up from Triple A before the start, allowed 11 baserunners on seven hits and four walks over five innings. He gave up five runs. He allowed a pair of home runs.

Former Phillie Vance Worley started for the Marlins. He was tagged for nine hits and eight runs over four innings. He gave up two homers.

Bullpen report
Rookie right-hander Jesen Therrien lost a three-run lead in the sixth inning. He allowed three two-out runs on two homers and a walk. One of the homers was a two-run inside-the-parker.

Luis Garcia took the loss. He gave up a pair of one-out singles and a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Christian Yelich set up the run by alertly going first to third on a hit to center field.

Miami's bullpen — five scoreless innings — was very good.

At the plate
The middle of the order continued to produce for the Phillies. Hoskins clubbed a solo homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the third. Tommy Joseph drove a three-run homer in the third. Nick Williams had a two-run double in the fourth.

Joseph has three homers and six RBIs in his last four games.

Hoskins has 19 RBIs in 15 games.

The Marlins hit four home runs. Giancarlo Stanton slugged his majors-leading 47th. A.J. Ellis had a two-run shot. Yelich had a solo homer with two outs in the sixth. Therrien then walked the next batter to keep the inning alive for Realmuto, who tied the game with a two-run inside-the-park homer. It was the second inside-the-park homer surrendered by the Phillies in the last six games.

In the field
Williams had a tough day in center field. He misplayed two balls in the first inning and that led to a Miami run. Williams broke back on a shallow fly ball and lost a ball at the wall in the sun. Yelich ran on him in the eighth, setting up the go-ahead run.

To make room for Thompson on the active roster, the Phillies sent reliever Ricardo Pinto to Triple A. He will likely be back in September. Thompson was optioned to Triple A following the loss.

Up next
The Phillies host the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs for three games beginning on Friday night. The pitching probables:

Friday night — RHP Jerad Eickhoff (3-7, 4.46) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (4-2, 3.73)

Saturday night — RHP Ben Lively (1-4, 3.70) vs. RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.52)

Sunday afternoon — The Phillies have not yet named their starting pitcher. Right-hander John Lackey (10-9, 4.90) will start for the Cubs.

Hector Neris answers Dodgers' bombs with an F-bomb

Hector Neris answers Dodgers' bombs with an F-bomb

Phillies closer Hector Neris has been beaten up badly by the Los Angeles Dodgers in his career.

Neris has allowed eight home runs to the Dodgers in his career in just 12 2/3 innings. Most of the home runs have been spectacular shots that have cost the Phillies games, including two of them this season.

Two years ago, Neris gave up three homers in the ninth inning as the Dodgers rallied for a surreal win in Dodger Stadium.

Neris gave up another home run to the Dodgers on Thursday, but he managed to survive it and nail down the save in the Phillies’ 7-6 win.

It was an emotional victory for the Phillies — Gabe Kapler said as much afterward — and Neris’ emotions definitely got the best of him.

As Justin Turner’s game-ending fly ball nestled into right-fielder Bryce Harper’s glove, Neris turned to the Dodgers’ dugout and shouted, “F--- you!”

The Dodgers did not like it. From the dugout, several players stared down Neris. He stared back. Dodgers catcher Russell Martin could be seen inviting Neris to rendezvous in the tunnel for further discussion.

That was the extent of the drama on the field, but Dodgers slugger Max Muncy managed to get in a pretty good verbal lick on Neris during postgame clubhouse interviews.

“He looked right into our dugout, screamed at us, and yelled, ‘F--- you!’ " Muncy told reporters. "He’s blown about eight saves against us over the last two years. I guess he was just excited. He wants to act that way, good for him.”

Neris downplayed the verbal confrontation.

“It was nothing,” he said. “It's the emotion of the series, you know? It's a great win for my team. I just let my emotions get out. I'll just try to be focused on the next series. That's the only thing I have to say about that.

“Just the emotions. Just the game. I'm so happy, I'm so excited for my team to win that game. That's a good team. My team needed that win.”

Neris has given up homers in four of his last five appearances. He blew a save when he gave up a three-run homer in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. (The Phils came back to win in the bottom of the ninth.) After the home run, Neris plunked David Freese and was ejected. Neris received a three-game suspension from MLB. He is appealing it.

The season series between the two teams is complete. The Dodgers took five of seven games from the Phillies and out-homered the Phils, 23-7.

That's a lot of bombs.

And one F-bomb.

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Watch Hector Heris, Dodgers exchange expletives after big Phillies' win

Watch Hector Heris, Dodgers exchange expletives after big Phillies' win

After hanging on for the save in Thursday's 7-6 Phillies win, Hector Neris was pumped up. Well, maybe a little too pumped up.

After getting Justin Turner to fly out for the final out of today’s game, Neris let out a big celebration and it included some choice words directed toward the Los Angeles Dodgers' dugout (see video above).

Let’s face it, Neris has been downright awful in his career against the Dodgers, including blowing a save two days ago, but being able to record the final out of today’s game with the Phillies still leading is all Neris cared about. It was probably a huge relief for a reeling closer.

The Dodgers, however, were not thrilled.

Neris drew the ire of the Dodgers two nights ago after drilling David Freese with a pitch in his shoulder and he received a three-game suspension that he is currently appealing. This has certainly been brewing and Neris’ celebration shows just that.

As you can see in the video above, Neris basically said he was just excited to get the win for his team. Sometimes you get caught up in the moment.

With a 6.10 ERA in June and a 9.45 ERA in July, here’s hoping there’s more of these positive moments for Neris, big celebration afterwards or not.  

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