This time, the Phillies didn't fail to cash in early.
Adam Haseley, Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper went single, double, three-run homer to begin the Phillies' series finale Sunday afternoon against the Marlins.
Four batters later, Jay Bruce hit an RBI triple off of the top of the wall in left-center to give the Phils a four-run lead. A four-run lead that Vince Velasquez immediately gave up by allowing a solo shot to Jesus Aguilar and a three-run homer to Miguel Rojas in the top of the second inning. Not a pretty debut by any stretch for Velasquez, who is barely clinging to his spot in the rotation.
Harper's home run was a first-pitch missile to the stairwell in right field, his first of the season. The Phillies had five hits in the inning against overmatched Marlins right-hander Robert Dugger.
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Harper with a three-run shot out to right field and the Phillies lead it 3-0. pic.twitter.com/wJIwIBJUHx
The Phillies had been 1 for 9 on the season with runners in scoring position before Harper's homer. They left five runners on base in the first two innings Saturday before busting out. Sunday, they got to work even earlier.
The Marlins had planned to start veteran Jose Ureña, but he was scratched at 11:40 a.m.