July 28, 2006 – Marlins vs. Phillies
Final Score: 4-1 Marlins
Season Record: 46-54
To start this odd five-game series with the Marlins, Chase Utley extended his hit streak to 28 games; Ryan Howard hit his 33rd homer; and Brett Myers pitched through eight innings and gave up only one run. Sounds like a stellar game, right? When that’s all to speak of, you’re in trouble. Tonight, the Phils got outpitched, outhit, and outplayed, and it showed.
On the mound for the Florida Marlins was right-hander Ricky Nolasco, who had an 8-6 record coming into Friday’s game. Through seven and a third innings of play, Nolasco absolutely puzzled the Phillies, allowing one hit by Abraham Nunez and struck out three.
The Phillies couldn’t find their stride at all, and it showed. Brett Myers pitched through eight innings, letting by five hits (including two doubles), one run, and striking out eight. The pitching was stellar on both sides of this matchup, but the thing the Phillies lacked in this matchup was hitting.
Oh, and a bullpen. In one inning combined, Geoff Geary and Aaron Fultz gave up three runs on three hits, with two walks and no strikeouts. The Phillies bullpen continues its perennial struggle to finish up games, and by the look of things, hope for the Phils’ bullpen is bleak.
With this loss, the Phils fall to 14 games behind the first place Mets, while the Marlins increase their winning streak to two games and come to within 12.5 games of the Mets. Saturday’s game starts at 7:05, with “Hollywood” Cole Hamels starting on the mound against Marlins pitching ace Dontrell Willis.