Marlins 2, Phillies 1 (Game 1 - 7 Innings)
Game 44 - Sunday Afternoon, September 13th in Miami
Record - 23-21
One Sentence Summary: Former Phillies prospect Sixto Sanchez, now the potential ace of the Marlins pitching staff and a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate, pitched his first career complete game in this 2-1 win over the Phillies.
What It Means: It's not going well. Both J.T. Realmuto (hip) and Rhys Hoskins (wrist) were out of the line-up with top pitching prospect Spencer Howard (shoulder) landing on the injured list before the game.
What Happened: Sanchez dominated the Phillies, allowing three hits and striking out four. The Phillies were forced to go with a bullpen game given the freak fingernail injury suffered recently by Zack Wheeler. Ramon Rosso gave up both Marlins runs in his 2 1/3 innings of work. Connor Brogdon pitched very well, throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out four. David Hale contributed 1 1/3 scoreless innings. The Phillies scored their lone run in the second on an Andrew Knapp sacrifice fly.
Featured Card: Sanchez is going to be very good for a very long time, and the Phillies face the very real possibility of not being able to re-sign Realmuto this offseason. Sanchez was the key player going to Miami when the Phillies acquired Realmuto before last season.
Transaction: Before the game, Howard was placed on the IL, Brogdon was recalled from Lehigh Valley and Rosso was added as the 29th man for the double header.
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