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Marlins eye second sweep of Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies at Miami Marlins
- Entering 2019, the Phillies have won the season series over the Marlins for nine consecutive seasons, the longest active streak between any two divisional opponents. The teams have won five apiece in 2019.
- The Phillies swept a four-game set with the Mets despite trailing in the fifth inning or later in every game. The last time the franchise accomplished such a feat was from September 24-26, 1929 against the Brooklyn Robins.
- Following a three-game sweep over the Phillies, the Marlins were swept in three games by the Nationals. Miami has now been involved in 11 series sweeps this season, most in the National League -- only the A's have been involved in more (12).
- Miguel Rojas doubled three times on Thursday and is now tied with Xander Bogaerts for the MLB-lead with 11 doubles in June. His 31 hits in June are the most in any month of his career.
- Jean Segura homered in three of four games in the last series, driving in eight runs overall in the series, and has now tied his home run total from last season (10). However, he's hitting .222 in June, which would be his lowest batting average in a month since June 2015 (min. 50 PA).
- Over his career, Vince Velasquez has a 2.90 ERA and .197 opponent batting average against the Miami Marlins, and a 4.84 ERA and .264 opponent batting average against the rest of MLB.
- Angels land Rendon with $245M, 7 years
- MLB adopts 3-batter minimum rule for Ps
- Jays sign P Roark to 2-year, $24M deal
- Dodgers, P Treinen agree to 1 year, $10M
- Study: Seams on balls behind HR surge
A week after a three-game road sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Miami Marlins look for a similar outcome against their division rival on Sunday, attempting to erase what began as a frustrating homestand.
The Marlins rallied from a five-run deficit for a 9-6 victory Saturday and won their fifth straight over the Phillies.
"It's easier to play when you have confidence and you have proven to yourself you can beat a team," said Miami centerfield JT Riddle, whose two-run double in a six-run seventh put the Marlins ahead for good.
Miami began the homestand getting swept in three games by Washington. Now the team has an opportunity finish 3-3 in its six-game set at Marlins Park.
Trevor Richards will start the series finale for the Marlins, his second straight against a former Cy Young Award winner. On Tuesday, Richards faced the Nationals' Max Scherzer and was lifted after five innings. Richards (3-8, 3.94 ERA) allowed six runs and seven hits in the Marlins' 6-1 loss.
"They made me throw pitches up and took advantage of those pitches," Richards said of his outing against Washington. "I felt I had a good approach -- I just didn't execute."
Richards is 1-3 with a 6.64 ERA in five starts against the Phillies in his two-year career, including a 12-9 loss at Philadelphia on April 27 when he allowed five runs on six hits in four innings.
The Phillies do not believe the Marlins have their number, despite their current slide against the team with the National League's worst record. For Philadelphia, the losses to Miami are sandwiched around a four-game sweep of the New York Mets.
"I don't think it matters as much who we're playing right now as how we are playing right now," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "We saw through the Mets series that when we play good baseball, we're capable of really big things, and when we don't play our best baseball, it doesn't matter who the team on the other side of the field is. We're not going to win."
First baseman Rhys Hoskins' two-run homer Saturday gave the Phillies a 6-1 lead and a seemingly safe cushion before relievers Juan Nicasio and Adam Morgan surrendered three runs each in the seventh.
"I don't know," Hoskins said when asked about the team's losing streak against the Marlins. "Obviously, they've pitched well all year. Their rotation and their bullpen have been nails all year.
"Yeah this one's tough. I thought we had good at-bats all day. Frustrating, but like I've said time and time again, the beautiful part about this game is we have a chance to salvage the series (Sunday) and gain some momentum going to wherever we go next."
Right-hander Jake Arrieta takes the mound for the Phillies on Sunday.
Although he allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings against the Mets on Tuesday, Arrieta (7-6, 4.33) benefited from offensive support to get the win. Philadelphia's lineup hit four home runs in the 7-5 victory.
The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner is 2-0 against Miami this year, allowing six runs on 14 hits in 12 innings with both wins coming in April (the second against Richards on the 27th). Arrieta is 7-1 with a 3.30 ERA in 10 career starts against Miami.
--Field Level Media
Updated June 30, 2019