Marlins 5, Phillies 3 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)
Game 42 - Friday Night, September 11th in Miami
Record - 22-20, 2nd Place, 2 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Marlins bullpen bettered the Phillies bullpen in a battle that no one really wanted to see.
What It Means: A freak injury to Zack Wheeler caused the Phillies to adjust their starting pitching schedule, and this became a bullpen game. Wheeler tore off a finger nail while putting on a pair of jeans recently, and that's how the Phillies' 2020 season is going so far.
What Happened: It was going smoothly for the Phillies, with emergency starter Blake Parker throwing two scoreless innings. Heath Hembree allowed a Lewis Brinson home run in the third, and then Ranger Suarez gave up three more runs in the fourth. J.T. Realmuto seems to have snapped out of his slump as he went 3 for 4 in this game. Andrew McCutchen and Alec Bohm both also had two-hit games.
Bryce Harper's struggles continued, and he hasn't hit a home run since August 22nd. In the stretch since then, over 18 games, he's hitting .136 (8 for 59) with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs.
Featured Card: Parker was an interesting addition to the Topps Series One checklist, but I'm glad he made the set. One of the Phillies top relievers this season, this is Parker's only Phillies baseball card to date.
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