Notes From The Phillies’ 3-1 Win Over MiamiBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Friday, April 12th, 2013
- So far so good for fifth starter John Lannan. Lannan produced another quality outing on Friday night, allowing just one run on three hits over six innings. Granted, Miami doesn’t exactly have a major league-caliber lineup, but you can only beat who you play, and so far Lannan has delivered two strong starts for the Phils.
- The Phillies always seem to have trouble scoring runs off of Ricky Nolasco, and tonight was no different. Nolasco was only tagged for one run by the offense, an RBI double by Domonic Brown in the sixth inning.
- The offense wasn’t able to manage any more runs until the 10th inning, when the Phils managed to break out for two runs off an RBI triple from Chase Utley and an RBI single from Michael Young.
- The bullpen did a great job holding the Marlins hitters down after taking over for Lannan in the seventh. The group pitched four scoreless innings on the night. Antonio Bastardo struck out the side in the seventh, Mike Adams allowed two baserunners but escaped the eighth inning with no damage, Phillippe Aumont worked a scoreless ninth inning and earned his first win of the season, and Jonathan Papelbon came on to make his third save of the season.
- Ryan Howard had another multi-hit game, raising his average to .231.
This game was a little too close for comfort.
As mentioned earlier, the Phillies always have seem to have trouble hitting Ricky Nolasco, but it shouldn’t have taken them 10 innings to produce three runs against a team this bad. The offense’s poor play in the first nine innings kept the game up for grabs, and if the Phils pitching didn’t do their part, then this could easily have been a frustrating loss to start the series.
However, the Phillies did manage to escape with a win and their record is now at .500.
It’s time for Cole Hamels to step up and deliver his first big game of the season.
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