Phillies 4, Marlins 2
Game 123 - Saturday Night, August 22nd in Miami
Record - 49-74, 5th Place, 17 1/2 games behind the Mets
One Sentence Summary: The Phils mounted an impressive, late-inning comeback capped by home runs from Darnell Sweeney, Aaron Altherr and Darin Ruf in the 4-2 win.
What It Means: The Phillies will go for the series win this afternoon behind Aaron Nola.
What Happened: The Phillies were kept off the scoreboard through the first seven innings by Marlins starter Justin Nicolino. In the eighth, Sweeney homered for his first hit in the Majors to get the Phils on the board. Andres Blanco followed that with a double to score Cesar Hernandez with the tying run. In the ninth, Altherr and Ruf hit back-to-back home runs to put the Phillies in the lead. It was the first time the Phillies had hit back-to-back home runs all season.
Aaron Harang pitched well, allowing two runs in his seven innings of work. Elvis Araujo threw one pitch to retire the Marlins in the eighth and came away with the win.
Featured Card: We attended a Trenton Thunder game last weekend and I was very surprised to find a Reading Fightin Phils team set in the Thunder team store that was only available as a stadium give-away in Reading. The set is identical to the normal team set, with the exception of the red Stroehmann logo on the front and back of the cards. I usually don't collect minor league team set variations, but I felt the need to add this to my collection given my appreciation for this year's Reading team. This is Altherr's card from that set.