Phillies fall to Marlins in lackluster fashion

Zach Eflin struggles against Marlins
This is why baseball games are played on a field and not on paper. The Miami Marlins delivered a hefty punch to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night in Miami, walloping on the visitors in a 10-3 win.

Zach Eflin pitched poorly for the Phillies, surrendering three homers and six runs over four innings of work. The start was a bit of a let down considering how solid he was over his first two to start the season.

“A couple pitches were location, but for the most part, I honestly thought I had really good stuff,” Eflin told reporters afterward. “I felt really good in the first and second inning, and after that, it seemed like they started jumping on my stuff. Just one of those games where the cards didn’t go my way, so swallow it, flush it, come back out in five days.”



Starting pitching has been a problem for the Phils to open the season. Combined, starters are carrying a 5.04 ERA into Sunday.

“I think what it causes us to do is to really dig in and work,” Kapler told reporters afterward. “It means we just have to watch more video with our guys. We have to identify flaws and we have to make good suggestions. It's on us.”

The Phillies offense sputtered too, collecting just one hit over the first six innings.

"We have to do better," Kapler said.

The two clubs conclude their three-game set on Sunday afternoon as Vince Velasquez opposes Jose Urena.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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