The Phillies beat the Fish, but there’s still more baseball to come. ’Tis a glorious day. In game one of the doubleheader, the Phillies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over the Marlins and A-Knee-Ball Sanchez thanks to a single by Polanco, a balk, and doubles from Hunter Pence and Raul Ibanez. Kyle would pitch well, taking a no-hitter into the fifth before Logan Morrison (who loves twitter, didn’t know if you knew that) took KK deep to cut the Phils lead to 2-1. From there, Stutes would come in for two innings worth of work, in which he didn’t allow a run. The bottom of the seventh would see the only other scoring of the afternoon. Brian Schneider would single and Mini Mart would walk. It was first and second when the second meanest player in baseball, Chase Utley, would pinch hit, and make his return after suffering a concussion just over a week ago against the Braves. Chase would single to load the bases. So mean, you guys. Polly then worked a walk to increase the Phillies lead to 3-1. Things wold get hairy in the home stretch, but thanks to adequate pitching and great defense, the Phillies would hold on to drop their magic number to clinch the NL East down to three. Kendrick earned his eighth win of the season to bring his record even at 8-8.
Tonight, Cliff Lee will throw for the Phillies, and hopefully, take that magic number down to two. (The Braves are off today, so the clinch is out of the question.) It’s a broken record at this point to say Clifton has pitched well this season, so let’s just let his 16-7 record and 2.44 ERA speak for itself. In his last outing against the Brewers, Lee’s scoreless inning stretch came to an end at 30 2/3 innings. He would not get the decision in that game, but the Phillies did win. Cliff Lee has never lost to the Marlins in his career, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.77 ERA.
For the Fish, they throw Alex Sanabia. Never heard of this guy? Don’t worry, neither has anyone else. He was a September call up for the Marlins as they made their push to golfing season. He’s a young righty at the age of 23, but as we all know, the Phillies tend to have issues with pitchers they have never seen before. Sanabia made 12 starts in 2010 as a rookie, none of those against the Phillies. He has made one appearances this season in relief work against the Pirates where he pitched one inning, allowed two walks, struck out two, and kept the Buccos off the scoreboard.
So, the Phillies look tonight to sweep the always odd two-game series, and the even odder one day series. Oh rain, how you toy with us. First pitch of game two is scheduled to be at 7:35.
Let’s play two.