The Miami Marlins unleashed plenty of pent-up frustration to put an emphatic end to their season high-tying five-game losing streak, highlighted by Giancarlo Stanton belting his majors-best 52nd homer. Stanton, who ended an 0-for-11 stretch with his 26th homer in 48 contests since the All-Star break, looks to send the host Marlins to a split of their four-game set versus the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon.
The 27-year-old Stanton has registered a staggering eight homers versus Philadelphia this season, including a towering blast against Sunday starter Jake Thompson in Miami’s 9-8 victory on Aug. 24. The Marlins rode Stanton’s latest homer to a 10-9 victory to move within five games of Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the National League. Philadelphia’s postseason aspirations were dashed months ago, but the future looks bright if Rhys Hoskins’ current stretch is any indication. The 24-year-old, who ended his own home run “drought” at five contests with a two-run shot on Saturday, has reached base safely in 17 straight games heading into the series finale versus Miami.
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, CSN Philadelphia, FSN Florida (Miami)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Jake Thompson (1-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Marlins RH Jose Urena (12-6, 3.84)
Thompson will be recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to claim the rotation spot of Jerad Eickhoff, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his right hand. The 23-year-old hasn’t fared well in his last two outings with Philadelphia, permitting 12 runs on 16 hits - including five homers - with five walks. Thompson was fortunate to walk way with a no-decision versus Miami on Aug. 24 despite being taken deep twice and surrendering four walks in five innings.
Urena saw his three-game winning streak halted on Monday in Washington after yielding four runs in as many innings of an 11-2 setback. The 25-year-old Dominican allowed three walks in that contest, including two in the first inning as his pitch count soon ballooned to 94 en route to an early exit. Urena overcame two homers and lasted five frames to pick up the win in a 7-4 triumph at Philadelphia on Aug. 22.
1. Miami 2B Dee Gordon has collected seven straight multi-hit performances to reside one shy of the franchise record, set back Chris Coghlan in 2009.
2. Philadelphia 1B Tommy Joseph is 5-for-13 with one homer and two RBIs during his last three games.
3. Marlins OF Christian Yelich is 5-for-13 with two run scored in this series.
PREDICTION: Marlins 6, Phillies 2