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Marlins 10, Phillies 3: Zach Eflin struggles in Miami

Marlins 10, Phillies 3: Zach Eflin struggles in Miami

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MIAMI — One night after pounding out 14 hits, the Phillies’ offense sputtered early in a 10-3 loss to the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.

The Phillies had just one hit through seven innings and six for the game. Five of those hits were doubles — two by Scott Kingery late in the game.

Rhys Hoskins doubled in the ninth and scored on a hit by Odubel Herrera to avert a shutout. Later in the inning, Nick Williams clubbed a two-run double.

But don't let the late outburst fool you. This game wasn't close.

Other than the ninth inning, it was a pretty poor showing for the Phillies and that included the starting pitching. Zach Eflin, so good in his first two starts, was tagged for three homers and six runs in four innings of work.

Though off to an 8-5 start, the Phillies have lost three of their last four games and the offense has done little in two of them. The Phils were held to three hits, all singles, in Wednesday night’s 15-1 loss to Washington.

• The Marlins hit three home runs totaling 1,251 feet against Eflin in the third inning. Brian Anderson hit a first-pitch curveball, Neil Walker a 1-1 changeup and Austin Dean a first-pitch fastball. Dean’s homer was a two-run shot and it gave the Marlins a 6-0 lead. He had five RBIs in the game.

• Finesse lefty Caleb Smith kept the Phillies off balance with six innings of one-hit ball. He allowed a one-out double to Andrew McCutchen in the third, but stranded him there.

• The Phillies did have Smith on the ropes early. He issued two-out walks to Bryce Harper and Hoskins in the first inning but survived an 11-pitch showdown with J.T. Realmuto (strike out) to get out of the inning unscathed.

Miami pound machine

The Marlins entered the game hitting just .212 as a team. They mauled Phillies' pitching for 18 hits.

Eflin’s night

Eflin gave up 10 hits and six runs over four innings. He had given up just six hits and one run over 12 innings in his first two starts.

Bullpen check

Juan Nicasio allowed six hits and four runs in relief of Eflin, but he did help save the bullpen by giving the Phils three innings.

Up next

The Phillies and Marlins play the rubber match of the series on Sunday afternoon. Vince Velasquez will pitch against Jose Urena.

Urena went 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts against the Phillies last season. He won his last two starts against the Phils and allowed just two runs over 12 innings.

It would not be surprising to see manager Gabe Kapler give a couple of his reserves a start on Sunday.

After that

The Phillies host the Mets in a three-game series beginning Monday night. The Phils will see Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Zach Wheeler in that series. The Phillies will counter with Aaron Nola, Nick Pivetta and Jake Arrieta.

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It turns out Jeopardy host Alex Trebek isn't the biggest fan of the Phanatic

It turns out Jeopardy host Alex Trebek isn't the biggest fan of the Phanatic

Jeopardy has been home to some great moments regarding Philadelphia sports in the past.

 I wish this was another one of these moments ... but it's not.

 It turns out, the show's host host Alex Trebek isn't a big fan of the Phillie Phanatic ... I know, I'm hurt too.


 The Phillies are in disbelief, we all are.
 
 Of course, fans had quite the reaction to the video that surfaced on social media. After all, the Phanatic is the best mascot in all of sports (totally unbiased, of course).




 

I don't even want to know what he thinks about Gritty.

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Bryce Harper shares thoughts on Nationals playing in World Series without him

Bryce Harper shares thoughts on Nationals playing in World Series without him

Right around the time the Washington Nationals were clinching their World Series berth this week, a guy who left that team to come play in Philadelphia posted a cute photo to his Instagram story with his baby son. It included the caption, "cuddle time is the best time."

I made light of the juxtaposition of that photo with what Nationals players were currently doing in a tongue-in-cheek tweet, but it's hard not to think about Bryce Harper during this Nationals run.

We know exactly how Nationals fans down in DC feel about their former favorite slugger who departed DC for big time bucks. They won't stop telling us.

But what was Harper feeling? Thanks to a one-on-one interview Harper did with Jayson Stark of the Athletic, we now have a glimpse into Harper's mind during this unique time.

Stark says Harper was effusive in his praise of the city of Philadelphia during their chat. And the majority of Harper's answers are very savvy in a public relations sense. Harper is good at saying what you think he's supposed to say. But it doesn't come off as disingenuous.

Stark asked Harper if he was feeling any jealousy watching his old pals spray champagne in the locker room and his answer comes off as pretty honest. From the Athletic ($):

“No,” he said again, without a millisecond’s hesitation, “because like I said, I made my decision, and that was my decision. And it was the final decision that I made. You know, jealousy isn’t good. For me, it’s about having the gratitude to go out and do what I do each day and not having an attitude towards anybody else.

“I think it’s about being able to be the person that I am,” he went on, “and not saying to myself, `Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m not a National.’ Or, `Oh my gosh, those guys are doing what they’re doing. I can’t believe it. I’m so jealous.’ No. I’m so happy for them. You know how hard it is to get into the postseason and win games. For them to be able to put it together this year the way they have, it’s an amazing thing.”

There's plenty more to the piece worth diving into. Stark also spoke with former National/Phillie Jayson Werth, who knows a thing or two about both cities/clubs and also what it's like to play alongside Harper.

The Nationals' opponent in the World Series is yet to be set, but whether it's the Nationals, New York Yankees or Houston Astros who are spraying champagne at the end of it, you won't see Harper doing that. Unless he and his little baby pop up in his Instagram stories getting wacky.

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