Five Marlins Pitchers Combine To Shutout Phillies
The Marlins ended their brief two game losing streak tonight in a 4-0 shutout win over the Phillies.
Nate Eovaldi started the game and threw the first 6 1/3 shutout innings before handing the ball over to the bullpen. He allowed six hits, one walk, and struck out two batters en route to lowering his season ERA to 3.52.
Eovaldi didn’t throw a single pitch in this one without a lead, either, as the Marlins jumped on the board early in the first inning with a two-run double by Casey McGehee, one of two hits he collected on the night.
The Phillies couldn’t seem to get on the board in this one, and even when it looked like they might get something started in the bottom of the eighth when Kevin Gregg walked Cesar Hernandez to lead off the inning.
Jimmy Rollins flew out in foul territory and Ed Lucas made this great play to start an inning-ending double play:
The score remained 2-0 heading into the ninth inning, but the Marlins would double their lead to 4-0 on RBI singles by Reed Johnson and Derek Dietrich.
Chris Hatcher then came in and threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning to get the Marlins back to .500 on the season, at 38-38.
The Nationals are closing in on a win against the Brewers as well, so the Marlins will remain 2.5 games back of first place with tonight’s win.
The Marlins will look to keep the ball rolling tomorrow night when they send Andrew Heaney to the hill to make his second Major League start. In his Major League debut, he threw six innings and allowed just one run in a 1-0 loss to the New York Mets.
The Phillies counter with David Buchanan, who is 3-3 with a 4.95 ERA in 36 1/3 innings pitched so far this season.