Marlins complete doubleheader sweep of Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- Behind a five-RBI day from Christian Yelich, the Miami Marlins swept the Philadelphia Phillies in a doubleheader Tuesday night.
After taking the opener 12-8, Miami staved off a benign Phillies comeback to hang on for a 7-4 victory in Game 2.
”It’s hard to win two,“ Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ”Obviously, the first game went good for us. We were able to kind of keep (relievers Brad) Ziegler and (Kyle Barraclough) and those guys out of the game early, which allowed us to use ‘Clough for two (innings) tonight.
“We scored early, that was good, too. We got some momentum, but those guys just kept coming back. It was one of those games you didn’t feel good about because they seemed like they were going to keep scoring and it looked like we were done.”
Yelich’s four RBIs were just enough for Miami starter Jose Urena (12-5) in the second game. Urena threw five innings of three-run ball.
Yelich knocked in Dee Gordon in the top of the first inning for the second time in one day to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead. Marcel Ozuna mashed a two-run homer just a few pitches later to boost the edge to 3-0. The center fielder also took a home run away from Philadelphia’s Nick Williams in the fifth inning, preserving the lead with a catch at the wall in right-center.
“It’s the first one I’ve ever robbed,” Yelich said. “I’ve been robbed a few times, so I know that feeling on the other end. It sucks, it’s a terrible feeling. It’s cool to rob one and keep some runs off the board. It helped us out there.”
Phillies starter Nick Pivetta (4-9) labored through a 46-pitch first inning that featured a mound visit and some action in the bullpen.
Pivetta didn’t fare any better in the top of the second. He served up a meatball to Yelich, who crushed a three-run homer to right-center field for a 6-0 Marlins lead.
After just 1 1/3 innings, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin turned to his bullpen for answers.
Edubray Ramos relieved Pivetta and got out of the second inning, and settled things down into the fourth inning.
Pivetta exited after surrendering six runs and seven hits while throwing 64 pitches. He walked one and struck out two.
“Just wasn’t locating my pitches and they took advantage of it,” Pivetta said. “I failed the team, failed myself. I’ll learn from my failures.”
Williams popped a solo home run off of Urena to lead off the fourth, and Andres Blanco followed later in the inning with a two-run homer to bring the Phillies back within 6-3.
Blanco battled Urena before homering on the 14th pitch of the at-bat after seven consecutive foul balls to stay alive.
Tommy Joseph hit his second home run of the day in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull Philadelphia within two, but the Marlins bullpen wouldn’t allow the Phillies to get any closer.
Urena threw 101 pitches while striking out five Phillies, walking two and leaving with a 6-3 lead.
Earlier in the evening, just two months shy of his 44th birthday, Ichiro Suzuki led the power surge for Miami in the opener.
Suzuki stepped to the plate in the top of the seventh, pinch-hitting for starter Dan Straily (7-8), and took a 3-1 pitch from Phillies starter Aaron Nola (9-9) deep into right-center field for a three-run homer to give Miami and 6-3 lead.
“They have a tough lineup,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “If you don’t pitch well, you’re gonna get burned.”
Straily struck out 10 in six innings. He gave up three runs on two hits and two walks. Nola was touched for seven runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings.
NOTES: The Marlins swept a doubleheader for the first time since Oct. 3, 2015, when they also swept the Phillies behind eight hits from Christian Yelich. ... Phillies RHP Vince Velasquez (finger) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and will miss the remainder of the 2017 season. ... Phillies RHP Zach Eflin was placed on the 10-day DL (retroactive to Aug. 19) with a right shoulder strain. ... Marlins OF Ichiro Suzuki now has two career pinch-hit home runs, both against the Phillies.