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Phillies 13, Marlins 6: Phillies finally solve those juggernaut Miami Marlins

Phillies 13, Marlins 6: Phillies finally solve those juggernaut Miami Marlins

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It's not much solace, but a win is a win. The Phillies avoided a sweep by beating the Marlins, 13-6, in Sunday's series finale. 

The Phils are 1-5 against the Marlins over the last week and 6-7 on the season. It is baffling how this team has largely been unable to pitch well or hit well against lowly Miami this season. The Phillies have allowed 15-plus hits to the Marlins four times this season, which is unthinkable when looking at Miami's roster.

The Phils are 43-40 and six games back of Atlanta pending tonight's result between the Braves and Mets.

Some observations from the win:

• Jake Arrieta picked up win No. 8 by allowing four runs over six innings with six strikeouts. He is 8-6 with a 4.43 ERA. Three of the runs Arrieta allowed came in the sixth inning with the Phillies up 10-1. 

• Big day for Bryce Harper, probably his best game since May 29 when he hit a grand slam in St. Louis. Harper singled in a run in the first inning, singled in another in the sixth and hit a two-run homer in the eighth. 

Harper is hitting .250/.368/.471 with 15 home runs and 59 RBIs. His numbers are all trending up, even though he hasn't truly gotten hot yet this season.

• Brad Miller has been a welcomed addition to the Phillies. He went 2 for 4 with a solo homer and an RBI single. He's the only Phillies pinch-hitter who has multiple extra-base hits this season and he's had a nice run as a Phillie so far, going 6 for 16 (.375) with a triple, two homers and five walks. He's reached base 10 times in 20 plate appearances.

• Cesar Hernandez, who was 0 for 8 over the last three games, had a three-hit afternoon. Hernandez has had multiple hits in seven of his last 10 games and is back up to .284 on the season.

• The Phillies are off Monday for the first time since June 13. After the quick breather, they have a three-game series in Atlanta, then three at Citi Field with the Mets before the All-Star break.

Nick Pivetta will face Dallas Keuchel on Tuesday night.

Aaron Nola pitches Wednesday night while the Braves haven't yet named a starter.

Vince Velasquez is tentatively set to face Mike Soroka in Thursday's series finale.

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Phillies Talk podcast: Massive early-season Phillies-Braves series on tap

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Phillies Talk podcast: Massive early-season Phillies-Braves series on tap

The Phillies will play 40% of their games against the Braves over the next four days, making this a massive early-season NL East series.

Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman discuss that and more on the latest Phillies Talk podcast.

• How do Phils and Braves match up in 2020?

• How often can the Phillies' bullpen do what it did in series finale vs. Yankees?

• They're lucky to have Hector Neris.

• Starting pitching has been good so far — particularly Zack Wheeler.

• Phillies quietly Top 6 in on-base percentage and slugging.

• Phillies bound for regression one way or the other.

• Yankees complaints.

• J.T. owes the fans a pizza.

• Will we hear the air horn every game now?

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Phillies fans who angered Aaron Boone clown Yankees manager for complaining to umps

Phillies fans who angered Aaron Boone clown Yankees manager for complaining to umps

Pandemic, shmandemic: Philadelphia sports fans are a different breed.

After the Phillies topped the red-hot Yankees on Thursday night, the prevailing storyline wasn't J.T. Realmuto's continued production, or Zach Eflin's strong outing. 

Everyone was talking about Yankees manager Aaron Boone whining about some Phillies fans making a little noise at the ballpark.

Boone stopped play on Thursday to complain about a group of Phillies fans, who call themselves 'The Phandemic Krew', for blowing airhorns when Yankees players were at the plate.

Yes, seriously:

Hmm. Not exactly that tough New York mindset, eh?

Boone complained after the game about the "timing element" of the fans' distractions, because apparently his highly-trained athletes aren't locked in enough to batter the Phillies' bullpen if a few guys from South Jersey make a little noise. 

Unsurprisingly, Phillies fans weren't going to let Boone's antics go unnoticed.

On Friday morning, two members of The Phandemic Krew jumped on 97.5 The Fanatic to talk with Marc Farzetta about getting under Boone's skin, and they went absolutely in on the Yanks' manager.

Here's Oscar, who hails from Camden County, putting it perfectly:

OSCAR: When I was doing it, we were kinda laughing about it, like we did it when Stanton was batting. And they had the TVs out there for us, they put the TVs out there for us, and I was like, 'Yo, I think Boone's complaining about us.' And someone was like, 'They just tweeted about us, complaining about us.' So right away we were like, 'Yo, Boone!' 

FARZETTA: Was it a point of pride when you realized you're a Philadelpha fan, who's not allowed to be in the stadium, and you were still having an impact and getting in the manager's head?

OSCAR: That's definitely a point of pride. I mean, you're talking about Boone, last year they were 'savages', and now they're crying about airhorns. It's definitely some pride, and listen, there's no stopping us. We're still going to be out here for the rest of the season.

That's perfect. Just perfect.

If you missed the reference: a viral hot-mic clip of Boone arguing with umps heard him using some very interesting language to describe his players last season.

Now he's mad about a few horns? You've gotta keep that same energy, Boone!

To top it all off, Phillies fan Taylor Valdez lobbed this idea to the Phandemic Krew, just a little icing on the cake:

Don't be surprised if those shirts start popping up in the Philadelphia area.

As the fans noted, members of the Phandemic Krew were socially distant, they wore masks, and they had hand sanitizer aplenty. They even put a mask on the Phillie Phanatic in their gigantic Phandemic Krew sign. They were taking the COVID-19 pandemic just as seriously as they take Phillies baseball.

The message is clear: don't mess with Philly fans.

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