Instant Replay: Marlins 2, Phillies 0

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Instant Replay: Marlins 2, Phillies 0

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MIAMI -- The Phillies continue to rack up losses as the season fades to black. They wasted a strong pitching performance from Cole Hamels in losing, 2-0, to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

Henderson Alvarez pitched a gem for the Marlins.

It was the 15th time the Phillies have been shut out this season, matching last season’s total.

The Phillies are 2-6 with two games to play on the trip.

They are 15 games under .500 for the season.

Starting pitching report
Hamels pitched well but got no run support. He allowed just two runs over seven innings and left trailing, 2-0. It was the 14th time in 29 starts this season that Hamels pitched at least seven innings and gave up two or fewer earned runs. Hamels walked one and struck out four.

Hamels made 16 starts on the road this season and was 6-6 with a 1.82 ERA (22 earned runs in 109 innings) in those games. That is the 13th lowest single-season road ERA by a lefty since 1920. The best road ERA by a lefty in that span belonged to the late, great Johnny Podres, who had a 1.19 road ERA in 1957.

Hamels is 9-8 with a 2.47 ERA on the season. He will start the season finale Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.

Marlins right-hander Alvarez pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings for his 12th win. He walked one and struck out two.

Bullpen report
Steve Cishek survived two hits in the ninth and earned his 38th save.

At the plate
Only one of the Phillies' eight hits was for extra bases, a double by Hamels in the fifth.

The Phillies were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.

Hamels allowed three straight singles in the fourth inning. Ed Lucas' hit drove in a run. Christian Yelich doubled in the fifth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Casey McGehee as the Marlins went up 2-0.

Papelbon returns
Jonathan Papelbon returned from a seven-game suspension. He did not appear in the game. Both GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Ryne Sandberg said Papelbon is the team’s closer. “He was given a very legitimate and very appropriate punishment for his actions,” Amaro said. “He’s done his time, and now it’s time for him to pitch. If there’s a closing situation, he should close.”

Papelbon was suspended for grabbing his crotch in response to booing fans and getting in a dustup with an umpire at Citizens Bank Park last week.

Health check
Jimmy Rollins sat out his 14th straight game with a hamstring strain. He remains day-to-day, though Sandberg conceded there’s a chance he might not play in any of the team’s five remaining games.

Up next
Kyle Kendrick (9-13, 4.73) makes possibly his last start with the Phillies on Wednesday night against Miami lefty Brad Hand (3-8, 4.59). Kendrick, who debuted with the Phillies in 2007, will be a free agent this winter.

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

The Phillies tendered contracts to three arbitration-eligible players on Friday night and set another free.
 
Reliever Jeanmar Gomez and infielders Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis were tendered contracts for the 2017 season while outfielder Cody Asche was let go after four seasons with the club. 
 
The Phillies signaled their intention to let Asche go when they designated him for assignment, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster, on Friday afternoon. The club had the option of trading Asche — and likely had discussions with other clubs — but ultimately decided to non-tender him before the 8 p.m. deadline. The move made Asche a free agent.
 
The Phils had removed Asche from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for David Rollins, a left-handed reliever who was claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday (see story)
 
Galvis and Hernandez, the team’s regular shortstop and second baseman, respectively, were certain to receive contracts for 2017. Gomez was less certain. He saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but struggled badly late in the season.
 
Phillies officials will try to negotiate 2017 salaries with all three players. If an agreement cannot be reached with a player, an arbitration hearing will be held later in the winter to determine that player’s salary for the coming season.
 
Gomez made $1.4 million in 2016, Galvis $2 million and Hernandez $525,000. According to mlbtraderumors.com, Gomez projects to make $4.6 million in arbitration, Galvis $4.4 million and Hernandez $2.5 million. 

The Phillies' roster is full at 40.

Phillies DFA OF Cody Asche, claim LHP David Rollins off waivers

Phillies DFA OF Cody Asche, claim LHP David Rollins off waivers

Cody Asche's time with the Phillies has come to an end.

The Phillies claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, Asche was designated for assignment. The Phillies had until 8 p.m. on Friday to tender a contract to the outfielder, but they instead chose to free up the roster spot for Rollins.

Asche played four seasons with the Phillies from 2013-16 after he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011. The St. Charles, Mo. native had a .213/.284/.350 batting line this past season over 71 games. His best season with the Phillies came as their starting third baseman in 2014, hitting 10 home runs and driving home 46 runs in 121 games.

Rollins has been on four different rosters this offseason. He pitched 31 games in relief for the Seattle Mariners over the last two seasons, sporting a 7.60 ERA over 34 1/3 innings. He was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs 15 days after the World Series and then subsequently claimed again by the Rangers. 

Rollins was a 24th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 MLB Draft and was traded a year later to the Houston Astros. Prior to the 2015 season, the Mariners picked Rollins in the Rule 5 draft after the Astros chose not to protect him.