Instant Replay: Marlins 3, Phillies 2

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Instant Replay: Marlins 3, Phillies 2

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MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins rallied for a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the Phillies, 3-2, on Wednesday night.

The Phillies have lost six of their last seven games. They are 19-19 under Ryne Sandberg.

Miami took two of three games from the Phils, who scored just four runs in the three games.

The Phillies went 12-7 in the season series against Miami.

Starting pitching report
Cole Hamels allowed five hits and two runs over six innings in his final start of the season. He walked two and struck out six.

Hamels received a no-decision. He has 99 career wins. The left-hander finished the season 8-14 with a 3.60 ERA. He matched a career-high with 33 starts and pitched 220 innings, the second-highest total of his career. He struck out 202 and walked 50.

Hamels opened the season with a pair of losses. He allowed 13 runs in 10 2/3 innings in those games. In his remaining 31 starts, he recorded an ERA of 3.22.

Miami lefty Brad Hand opened the game with six scoreless innings. He allowed hits to three of the first four batters he faced in the seventh as the Phillies rallied for two runs to tie the game.

Bullpen report
Ethan Martin took the loss. He allowed a one-out walk and a single before Adeiny Hechavarria pushed home the go-ahead run on a ground ball to shortstop. Jimmy Rollins tried to cut the run at the plate on a tough play, but his throw was off line.

Miami reliever Chad Qualls stranded two runners in the top of the eighth.

Steve Cishek had the save.

At the plate
Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez drove in the Phillies’ runs with RBI singles in the seventh. Hernandez’s two-out hit tied the game.

Hechavarria drove in all three of the Marlins’ runs. He had a two-run triple in the second. Hamels threw an 0-2 cutter that caught too much of the plate and Hechavarria belted it over Hernandez’s head in center field.

The men in blue
The umpires missed two calls (badly) in the seventh inning. One went against the Phillies, the other for them.

Howard to visit
Ryan Howard, on the disabled list since early July, will work out with the Phillies the next four days in Atlanta (see story).

Up next
The Phillies move on to Atlanta, where they will end the season with four games against the NL East champion Braves. Tyler Cloyd (2-6, 5.40) faces right-hander David Hale (0-0, 0.00) on Thursday night.

Phillies prospect Nick Pivetta has long-awaited meeting with Roy Halladay

Phillies prospect Nick Pivetta has long-awaited meeting with Roy Halladay

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Phillies pitching prospect Nick Pivetta had one of those pinch-me moments Saturday.

He met his boyhood idol, Roy Halladay, at a charity event.

Someone had filled in Halladay that Pivetta had grown up in Canada and had regularly watched Toronto Blue Jays games on television. Pivetta loved watching Halladay pitch, as he talked about a few weeks ago here.

“I got to briefly shake his hand,” Pivetta said Sunday morning. “He knew I was like a stalker. He said, ‘Oh, right, you’re the guy from British Columbia.’ “

Halladay, who pitched for the Phils from 2010 to 2013, lives in the Clearwater area. Pivetta said he expected to speak more with Halladay in the coming days.

Halladay was honored at the 44th annual Clearwater For Youth banquet and Pivetta attended with a number of his teammates and Phillies officials. Phillies chairman David Montgomery and his wife Lyn were also honored for their charitable works.

Pivetta will pitch for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic in March.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin: Adam Morgan is a definite bullpen candidate

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin: Adam Morgan is a definite bullpen candidate

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Just pitch.
 
Don’t worry about the role.
 
Just pitch.
 
That’s Adam Morgan’s mindset this spring.
 
“I’m just trying to show whoever needs to see it that I can be an asset to this team,” the left-hander said after his spring debut against the New York Yankees on Saturday (see story). “I’m just keeping it simple that way. I’m not trying to go out for that fifth (starting) spot. If the fifth spot opens up, I’d be more than willing to do that. If they want to put me in the bullpen, I’d be more than willing to do that. If they want me to be the backup catcher, I’ll be the backup catcher.”
 
The Phillies have plenty of candidates for backup catcher.
 
And the top five spots in their starting rotation, barring an unforeseen development, are accounted for.
 
But there is a way for Morgan to make this team.
 
“He’s definitely a bullpen candidate,” manager Pete Mackanin said.
 
Mackanin is on record as saying he’d like to have two lefties in what likely will be a seven-man bullpen. It might not work out that way, but that would be Mackanin’s preference.
 
Morgan is one of what appears to be four candidates along with Joely Rodriguez, Cesar Ramos and Sean Burnett. Ramos and Burnett are experienced major-league veterans in camp on minor-league contracts. Rodriguez is the only pure lefty reliever on the 40-man roster. Morgan, of course, is on the 40-man roster, but he’s mainly been a starter in his career.

There’s a long way to go in spring training and it would not be surprising to see general manager Matt Klentak add to the list of lefty relief candidates with some type of pickup before the end of camp.
 
But for now, it’s just these four.
 
Morgan, who turns 27 on Monday, started and pitched two scoreless innings against the Yankees on Saturday and will likely continue to have his innings stretched out throughout the Grapefruit League season, just in case he’s needed as a starter.

Ramos and Rodriguez both pitched an inning Saturday. Ramos allowed a hit and a run. Rodriguez had a clean inning. Burnett was tagged for two hits and two runs on Friday.
 
Morgan made 21 starts for the Phillies last season. He also made two relief appearances and finished the season with a 6.04 ERA. He was sent to Triple A in July and returned in mid-August. He made nine starts after returning and pitched at least six innings and gave up two or fewer earned runs in four of them.
 
During his time in Triple A, Morgan started throwing a two-seam fastball or sinker. He’s continued to throw it this spring and believes it will help him.
 
“I learned to trust the two-seamer last year and that’s what I hope to keep moving forward with,” he said.
 
Will it take him to the Phillies’ bullpen?
 
He hopes so. He got a taste of relieving last season and liked it.
 
“Oh, yeah, I loved it,” he said. “Every time the phone rang down there, I was on high alert. It was awesome. It’s a rush.
 
“But wherever I land, I land. I’d be willing to play anywhere on this team.”