Instant Replay: Marlins 2, Phillies 0

Instant Replay: Marlins 2, Phillies 0

May 4, 2013, 9:15 pm
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Jose Fernandez has good stuff. Really good stuff. A mid-90s fastball, a power curve that breaks sharply and a changeup that lefties have just one hit off of all season.

But he struggled in the three starts between his masterful performance against the Phillies on April 13 and his one-hit gem on Saturday night, so there is evidence he’s human. Just not at Citizens Bank Park.

Fernandez allowed two baserunners over seven shutout innings as the Phillies fell to the Marlins, 2-0. Freddy Galvis singled and walked, but all other Phillies were 0 for 25 with 11 strikeouts against him. Let that one sink in. In 42 at-bats vs. the 20-year-old rookie over the last four weeks, the Phillies are hitting .071. Galvis has two of the three hits.

The loss drops the Phillies to 14-17. They’re two games behind the Nationals, who won Saturday, and four back of the Braves, who were rained out.

Starting pitching
Cole Hamels allowed a pair of solo homers in the second and third innings, but absolutely cruised after Chris Valaika’s blast in the third. He set down the final 13 batters he faced and 17 of the last 18.

Over eight innings, Hamels allowed just four hits and struck out six. He didn’t walk a single batter for the first time in his last 16 starts.

The loss makes him 1-4, but the eight strong innings dropped his ERA to 4.34.

The Phillies are now 5-14 this season in games started by Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay.

The “offense”
Galvis, starting at third base for Michael Young, had three solid at-bats against Fernandez. He singled in the first, worked a 3-0 count before sharply lining a one-hopper to second base in his second at-bat and walked his third time up.

The rest of the lineup literally did nothing. The Phillies were 1 for 25 with 10 strikeouts entering the ninth inning.

Revere still not right
Ben Revere’s struggles continue. He went 0 for 2 with a groundout to third and a bunt right at first baseman Greg Dobbs. He’s hitting .204 with a .243 on-base percentage. He’s put the ball on the ground 59 times in 98 at-bats. He was pinch-hit for with John Mayberry in the eighth inning.

The last time …
The last time the Phillies were one-hit was Aug. 30, 2010 against Hiroki Kuroda and the Dodgers.

It was the second-worst offensive performance by any team in either league this season. The Phillies were 1 for 28 with a single and a two walks. The only team that had a worse night was the Reds on April 26 -- they went 1 for 29 with a single and walk against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals.

Up next
The series concludes Sunday afternoon when Roy Halladay (2-3, 6.75) opposes Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.15) at 2:35 p.m. The Broad Street Run pushed the game time back an hour.

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