October 2, 2023

Phillies split doubleheader with Marlins to kick off second half


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The Phillies kicked their second half of the season with a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins. Here’s the recap of Friday’s doubleheader.

Game 1

Travis Jankowski drove in four runs and Matt Moore delivered a solid start as the Phils returned from the All-Star break with a 5-2 win over the Marlins in the first game of the seven-inning doubleheader.

The win was the Phillies’ ninth in the last 13 games as they got over .500 for the first time since June 13. They are 45-44 (this didn’t last very long).

Jankowski got the start in center field in place of injured Odubel Herrera. He stroked a bases-clearing double with two outs in the first inning against Miami starter Sandy Alcantara, who had held the Phillies to just two runs over 14 innings in a pair of starts earlier this season.

Jankowski’s bases-loaded double came off his broken bat at just 64.9 mph, but it scooted past the first-base bag and rolled down the right-field line to clear the bases.

Two innings later, Jankowski had another two-out RBI on a base hit up the middle and Ronald Torreyes followed with an RBI hit.

All of the Phillies’ runs came with two outs. Jankowski had three hits and his four RBIs were a career high.

Torreyes started at third base in place of Nick Maton, who was set to start in place of COVID IL’d Alec Bohm. Maton suffered a cut on his right middle finger during batting practice and had to be scratched.

Torreyes made the defensive play of the game when he dove to his right to start a 5-4-3 double play to end the top of the fifth and help the Phils keep a three-run lead.

Moore was excellent. The lefty scattered six hits over 4 1/3 innings, walked none and struck out nine.

Archie Bradley and Ranger Suarez (three strikeouts) closed it out for the Phillies.

Game 2

Yeah this one wasn’t as fun.

The Phils lost this one 7-0.

Didi Gregorius committed an error on the first play, and Starling Marte’s home run gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead two batters into the game.

It was not the best start for Zach Eflin as he allowed five runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings, but as is often the case, he was hurt by an inability by the bullpen to strand runners. Enyel de los Santos was brought in with two runners on base in the fourth inning, and both quickly scored when Jesus Aguilar brought him home with a dinger.

That was more than enough offense for the Marlins, because the Phillies lineup spent most of the nightcap not getting base hits. Sure, the game was shortened due to doubleheader rules, but two hits in seven innings is still pathetic. The Marlins even committed two fielding errors, but the Phillies didn’t come close to taking advantage of them.

Bryce Harper did not start game two because he was dehydrated after game one.

Saturday night at 6:05pm ET, these two teams face off in game three of the series. Vince Velasquez (3-4, 5.35 ERA) starts for the Phils while Zach Thompson (2-2, 2.25 ERA) starts for the Fish.

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