In a recent game, the Philadelphia Phillies suffered an 8-4 loss to the Miami Marlins, who got a major boost from AL batting champion Luis Arraez, who hit for the cycle, becoming the first Marlins player to do so. Meanwhile, Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola’s struggle continues, as he allowed hits to five of six batters in the sixth inning. Nola has had two terrible innings this season, causing his ERA to climb to 7.04. The Phillies also ran themselves out of a rally, as Bryson Stott was thrown out after veering too far past first base, which marked the MLB-worst eighth time this season the Phillies have been thrown out on the basepaths (excluding times caught stealing).
The Phillies had 11 hits, but they struggled to capitalize with runners in scoring position. They only went 1 for 10 and left nine stranded. They had several key run-scoring opportunities, including the seventh inning when J.T. Realmuto grounded into an inning-ending double play as the potential go-ahead run. Despite the loss, Nick Castellanos had another productive night at the plate, with two hard-hit singles and a walk against Miami’s Jesus Luzardo.
The Phillies have yet to have a starter complete at least six innings except for Nola’s last start against the New York Yankees. Phillies manager Rob Thomson stated, “We have to get some length at some point to settle the ‘pen down a little bit, and we will.” The Phillies will face the Marlins in their final game of the three-game series and will then move on to face an NL East team again on May 25-29 in a series against the Atlanta Braves.
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