Friday, August 25, 2017

Phillies drop series finale to the Marlins

Philadelphia hurler Jake Thompson
The Philadelphia Phillies coughed up a five-run lead and Giancarlo Stanton hit his major league-leading 47th homer as the Miami Marlins rallied to a 9-8 victory over the Phillies on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park.

Stanton hit his latest homer in the third inning off Jake Thompson before the Phillies took an 8-3 lead.

A.J. Ellis started the comeback for the Marlins with a two-run homer in the fifth, Christian Yelich hit a solo homer in the sixth and J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run inside-the-park homer to tie the game in the sixth.

Realmuto’s homer hit off the angled center-field wall and rolled away from two Philadelphia outfielders.

Rookie Rhys Hopkins drove in three runs and hit his eighth homer for the Phillies. Tommy Joseph also homered and drove in three runs while rookie Nick Williams drove in the other two runs for Philadelphia.

"We're getting close," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin, asked about being comfortable with the middle of his lineup. "It's a better feeling where I can fill in the top five spots and go from there. But pitching's the name of the game. We didn't see good pitching today."

Thompson allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings after being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the game. He was sent back down immediately afterwards.

The Phillies open a three-game set with the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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