Friday, September 11, 2020

Game 40 - 2019 Topps Heritage #270 Jorge Alfaro

Marlins 7Phillies 6
Game 40 - Thursday Night, September 10th in Miami
Record - 21-19, 2nd Place, 3 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies lost another game in infuriating fashion, as the bullpen crapped away a 6-3 lead in this loss to the Marlins.

What It Means:  This was only new closer Brandon Workman's second blown save, and it feels as if he's had so many more than that.

What Happened:  The Phillies built their lead with a few clutch hits from Alec Bohm and Adam Haseley, with Haseley contributing a safety squeeze in the fourth to score Jean Segura.  J.T. Realmuto drove in a run in the first with a ground out and then hit a solo home run, his 11th, in the fifth.  All this while Jake Arrieta was battling through 5 2/3 innings.  He allowed three runs on five hits and four walks, and then surrendered the game to the bullpen.

JoJo Romero and Hector Neris did their jobs while Tommy Hunter and Workman did not.  Hunter recorded two outs in the eighth but then departed with the bases loaded.  Workman promptly allowed a bases clearing double to Starling Marte to tie the score, 6-6.  He re-took the mound in the ninth, recording a pair of outs before Jorge Alfaro singled home Monte Harrison with the winning run.

Featured Card:  Alfaro hurt the Phillies in this game, and on Sunday they'll face the big ticket player sent to Miami with Alfaro back in February 2019 for J.T. Realmuto - hot pitching phenom Sixto Sanchez.  This could be a tough weekend to be a Phillies fan.

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