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Phillies 9, Marlins 1: Jake Arrieta notches 100th career win, offense back to mashing

Phillies 9, Marlins 1: Jake Arrieta notches 100th career win, offense back to mashing

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MIAMI — A former National League MVP and a former NL Cy Young Award winner both came up big for the Phillies on Friday night.

Andrew McCutchen ignited a five-run rally in the third inning and later clubbed a three-run home run and Jake Arrieta pitched seven innings of one-run ball to lead the Phillies past the lowly Miami Marlins, 9-1.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Phillies, who were held to just three singles in a 15-1 loss to Washington on Wednesday night. The Phils erupted for 14 hits in this one.

The victory improved the Phillies to 8-4. Miami is 3-11.

The keys

• The Phils strung together six straight one-out hits and scored five times in the third inning. McCutchen started it off with a single and aggressively moved to third on a base hit to left by Jean Segura.

• The Marlins came into the game scoring 2.62 runs per game, 29th in the majors, and hitting a paltry .215. Arrieta did just what a pitcher is supposed to do against a weak-hitting team: He attacked the strike zone. Seventy-six of the 108 pitches he threw were strikes.

• The rebuilding Marlins had the worst record in the NL last season, but they won six of nine against the Phillies in Miami. Friday night’s starter, Sandy Alcantara, pitched seven shutout innings in beating the Phillies in September. Though young, the Marlins have some young talent in their rotation. It was a good sign that the Phils came in and asserted some dominance over the Marlins in the teams’ first meeting of the season.

A milestone

The win was the 100th of Arrieta’s career. He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out eight. He had a three-hit shutout going until the seventh.

Sights and sounds

A smattering of fans behind home plate chanted “Overrated … Overrated” each time Bryce Harper came to the plate. Harper answered with singles in his first two at-bats. His hit in the third drove in the Phils’ first run. He just missed a gapper in the sixth. Leftfielder Rosell Herrera made a nice diving catch.

The Marlins ditched the lime green colored outfield walls for navy blue. They also got rid of the gaudy home run sculpture that used to loom over center field.

Plenty of empty seats remain. In fact, a foul ball landed in the upper deck and it will probably still be there when the Phillies return in late June.

Transaction

The Phils sent reliever Edubray Ramos to the minors and recalled reliever Victor Arano. Arano pitched two scoreless innings.

Homecoming

J.T. Realmuto, drafted and developed by the Marlins before being traded to the Phillies in February, returned to Miami for the first time since the deal. He had a pair of singles and an RBI.

The Phillies sent three players to the Marlins for Realmuto.

Jorge Alfaro is the Marlins’ starting catcher in the big leagues.

The Marlins took it slow with right-hander Sixto Sanchez after he missed time with an elbow injury last season. He has been on a throwing program in extended spring training and is scheduled to make his season debut April 26 for Double A Jacksonville.

Lefty Will Stewart is pitching for Single A Jupiter in the Florida State League. He pitched a gem against Lakeland on Friday night — 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, one walk and struck out seven.

Up next

The Phillies and Marlins play again Saturday night. Game time is 6:10.

Zach Eflin looks to continue his strong start. He will pitch against lefty Caleb Smith.

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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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