Phillies 2, Marlins 0
Game 93 - Friday Night, July 13th in Miami
Record - 53-40, 1st place, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Jake Arrieta dominated the Marlins in this 2-0 win in Miami.
What It Means: With the Braves losing, the Phillies hold a game and a half lead in the division.
What Happened: Arrieta pitched seven strong innings, allowing just three hits. Victor Arano and Pat Neshek pitched the final two frames, with Neshek securing his first save of the season. Neshek became the 9th pitcher with a save this season tying a franchise record. (Per this Matt Gelb Tweet.)
Aaron Altherr doubled home the first run in the 2nd and Maikel Franco added an insurance run with a solo home run (13) in the 9th. In the 6th, a fine throw from Scott Kingery, following a good play and throw from Aaron Altherr in the outfield, nailed Cameron Maybin at the plate to keep the Marlins off the board.
Featured Card: Apologies to Arrieta, but I need to go with a few BlueClaws-themed cards for this post as our July ballpark tour continued.
Field Report: We're still trying to recover from our recent road trip, but we couldn't miss the opportunity to celebrate Harry Potter night with the BlueClaws on Friday night. We've become big fans of the Harry Potter universe over the past few years, and the boys were excited for a night of baseball and magic.
Upon entering the ballpark, both boys were sorted into their houses with Ben landing in Gryffindor and Doug declared to be a Ravenclaw. (For the record, they considered themselves to be a Hufflepuff and Gryffindor, respectively.) Pitching prospects Spencer Howard and Damon Jones were signing autographs at a table outside the team store so we immediately added their signatures to a few hastily purchased team sets.
While Ben was busy selecting his wand from a make-shift Ollivander's Wand Shop, Doug was on the prowl for player autographs. By his final tally, he secured 16 total signatures with Jhailyn Ortiz, Howard and Kyle Young signing everything he handed to them. Prior to the start of the 9th inning, Doug caught the attention of first baseman Quincy Nieporte and Nieporte tossed him a baseball. The game was great and the post-game Harry Potter-themed fireworks were fantastic. For an encore, Doug ran the bases following the fireworks.
The BlueClaws secured a 7-0 win over the Asheville Tourists, thanks to a strong outing from Andrew Brown. Brown pitched seven shutout innings, striking out seven. Matt Vierling, a 2018 fifth round draft pick, hit his first home run for the BlueClaws and went 3 for 4. Remember the name Matt Vierling . . . he was impressive and I predict we'll see him in red pinstripes sooner rather than later.
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