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Phillies 3, Marlins 1 (14 innings): Jean Segura, bullpen help Phillies win marathon

Phillies 3, Marlins 1 (14 innings): Jean Segura, bullpen help Phillies win marathon

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MIAMI — Jean Segura’s first home run as a Phillie was a memorable one. It broke a nine-inning scoring drought and lifted the Phillies to a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins in 14 innings on Sunday afternoon.

On a day when the offense sputtered again, the Phillies got a nice start from Vince Velasquez and tremendous work from the bullpen, which delivered eight shutout innings.

The arduous win enabled the Phillies to win the series. They took two of three and are 9-5. The Marlins are 4-12.

The keys

• Andrew McCutchen stroked a one-out triple in the top of the 14th. Segura then hit an 0-2 pitch from lefty Wei-Yin Chen over the wall in left to break a 1-1 tie.

• The bullpen was awesome. Hector Neris got two clutch strikeouts with a runner on second base to end the eighth and keep it tied. David Robertson kept the tie intact with two scoreless innings. Seranthony Dominguez struck out three in a scoreless 11th. Ditto for Victor Arano in the 12th and 13th.

Lefty Jose Alvarez closed it out.

• Gabe Kapler wanted to get Scott Kingery in the lineup, but would it be at second base in place of Cesar Hernandez or third in place of Maikel Franco? Kapler decided to use Kingery at third and stick with Hernandez because he’d had some success — 7 for 26, a triple and two homers — against Marlins starter Jose Urena. The move paid off when Hernandez lined a solo homer, his first of the season, over the right-field wall to give the Phils a 1-0 lead in the fourth. That was the only run Urena gave up in seven walk-free innings. He struck out seven.

• The Marlins cut down Bryce Harper at the plate for the second out in the sixth as he tried to score from second on a hit to left by Rhys Hoskins. Harper had slowed down at third then busted it for the plate. Third base coach Dusty Wathan at first waved Harper home then put up the stop sign too late. It was a big play in a close game because the Marlins tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning on a solo homer by Brian Anderson. Anderson hit a first-pitch fastball. It was the first hit of the day against Velasquez.

• The Phillies left a runner in scoring position in each of the first three innings and again in the ninth. They left the bases loaded in the ninth when Sergio Romo retired pinch hitter J.T. Realmuto. They left a man on second when Andrew Knapp took a called third strike in the 11th and another one in scoring position when Kingery and Knapp struck out in the 13th. The Phils were just 2 for 11 on the day with a runner in scoring position through the first 13 innings of the game.

Velasquez’ day

It was pretty good. He gave up just two hits and a run over six innings, walked three and struck out four. He did not allow a hit until Anderson’s homer on a first-pitch fastball in the sixth. He was economical with his pitches, throwing 81.

In two starts, Velasquez has given up just six hits and three runs in 11 innings. Is he putting together some consistency? The Phillies sure hope so because they need it.

More time for Kingery?

He had a double and a single. He also had two doubles off the bench on Saturday night. He will continue to push Franco and Hernandez for time.

Up next

The Phillies get their first look of the new season at the Mets on Monday night. The Phils will see Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Zach Wheeler in three-game series series. The Phillies will counter with Aaron Nola, Nick Pivetta and Jake Arrieta.

The Phils have not had a winning record against the Mets since 2011.

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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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