Marlins 8, Phillies 4
Game 135 - Saturday Night, September 3rd in Miami
One Sentence Summary: The Marlins hit three home runs in the eighth inning off David Herndon to win the rain-drenched contest, 8-4.
What It Means: The Phillies dropped back to 41 games over .500 with a record of 88-47 following the loss.
What Went Wrong: Phillies pitchers gave up just seven hits on Saturday night, but five of those hits were home runs. Starter Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings following a nearly two hour rain delay at the outset of the game. Unfortunately for Hamels, he allowed one more run (three) than he knocked in at the plate (two).
Herndon entered the game in the eighth with runners on first and second and the Phillies holding a 4-3 lead. By the time the inning ended, he had surrendered three home runs (the final blow came from former Phillie Greg Dobbs) and the Marlins led the game, 8-4.
Featured Card: I listened to the game on radio on Sunday afternoon, and Scott Franzke passed along that the last Phillies pitcher to allow three home runs in relief in one inning was Chris Brock back on August 13, 2000. Brock pitched in parts of two seasons with the Phillies back in the dark times of the early 2000's. He actually had a winning record (10-8) with a 4.29 ERA during his time with the Phils. I'm honestly a little surprised that his numbers with the club are borderline respectable.