Marlins 8, Phillies 1 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)
Game 45 - Sunday Afternoon, September 13th in Miami
Record - 23-22, 3rd Place, 4 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies offense managed four hits while Zach Eflin and Ranger Suarez each allowed four runs as the Marlins easily defeated the floundering Phils, 8-1.
What It Means: The loss dropped the Phillies into third place behind the Marlins. They play one more game Monday afternoon in Miami before mercifully heading home.
What Happened: Alec Bohm hit a second inning home run off Marlins' starting pitching Braxton Garrett, making his Major League debut, and that was pretty much the only highlight for the Phillies. Garrett, Yimi Garcia and former Phillie Nick Vincent struck out nine and easily handled the depleted Phillies line-up. Eflin fell to 2-2 and Suarez's ERA is now an unsightly 20.25.
Featured Card: With J.T. Realmuto's hip ailing, Andrew Knapp started both ends of this double header. In doing so, he's the first Phillies catcher to start both ends of a double header since Mark Parent did it at the Vet on July 24, 1998. The Phillies won both those games in 12 innings, with Parent catching all 24 innings. Bobby Estalella got the start behind the plate for the Phillies the following day.
Transaction: Between games, Connor Brogdon (rhp) was optioned back to Lehigh Valley and Rafael Marchan (c) had his contract selected. The addition of Marchan means Realmuto's injury could be worse than expected. To make room on the 40-man roster for Marchan, Jose Alvarez (lhp) was transferred to the 45-day injured list and he's now most likely out for the season.
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