Phillies 7, Marlins 4
Game 76 - Tuesday Night, June 24th in Philadelphia
Record - 35-41, 5th Place, 6 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche paced the offense and the bullpen continued to shine, as the Phillies downed the Marlins, 7-4.
What It Means: This win put an end to the depressing three-game losing streak.
What Happened: Byrd hit a two-run home run in the first and Asche added a two-run double in the sixth. David Buchanan got the win after allowing two runs over five innings of work and then turning the game over to the surprisingly strong bullpen.
Featured Card: The bullpen has been extremely impressive since a few early season beatings, and it's been fun watching the development of young relievers Jake Diekman, Justin De Fratus, Mario Hollands and Kenny Giles. This card is for my wife, Jenna, who asked the very timely question during this game, "Who is Mario Hollands?"
Hollands has not allowed a run in 15 2/3 innings over 17 appearances dating back to May 17th. He was drafted by the Phillies back in 2010 and he impressed enough during the spring to earn a spot on the team's opening day roster. He's still waiting on his first official Phillies card, but this is his first Phillies-related card from his days as a Williamsport Crosscutter.
Transaction: Prior to the game, Tony Gwynn, Jr. was activated from the bereavement list and catcher Wil Nieves was placed on the disabled list. The Phillies also announced they had signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a minor league contract.