Phillies 12, Marlins 6
Game 43 - Saturday Night, September 12th in Miami
Record - 23-20, 2nd Place, 2 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Didi Gregorius' first inning grand slam and a 5-run eighth inning from the Phillies offense delivered a much-needed 12-6 win against the Marlins.
What It Means: With three more games to play in this series, including two on Sunday, these two teams have split the series so far, 2-2.
What Happened: Gregorius' slam was his seventh home run of the year and his second grand slam. Bryce Harper homered in the third, breaking a long 0-fer in the long ball department and hopefully signally that the slugger is back. The Phillies held a 5-0 lead through three innings, but Spencer Howard allowed a three-run home run to Brian Andersen in the fourth and the young pitcher departed shortly thereafter with shoulder stiffness.
Fortunately, the bullpen was able to do a relatively decent job, but the Phillies lead was down to an uncomfortable 7-5 heading into the eighth. A barrage of hits led to the club's five runs - Harper double, Jean Segura single to score Harper, Alec Bohm double to score Gregorius, and the big blow being a bases-clearing, 3-run double from Kyle Garlick.
Realmuto also departed this game with hip discomfort and the hope is that both he and Howard are well enough to avoid the injured list.
Featured Card: Realmuto is the Phillies' big free agent following this shortened season, but Gregorius will be a free agent as well. I'd love to see both of them come back in 2021 and beyond. This is Gregorius' card from the Topps Living Set, a multi-year online exclusive offering in the style of the 1953 Topps set. I received this card in March and the print run was limited to 2,052 cards.
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