Instant Replay: Marlins 3, Phillies 2

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Instant Replay: Marlins 3, Phillies 2

BOX SCORE

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.

Tonight's Lineup: Jorge Alfaro catches, bats 8th vs. Mets

Tonight's Lineup: Jorge Alfaro catches, bats 8th vs. Mets

Jorge Alfaro is behind the plate for the Phillies tonight and bats eighth. Alfaro has appeared in just four games since being called up earlier this month, and has just one hit in 10 at-bats. 

Tommy Joseph is back in the lineup and batting fifth. Pete Mackanin has said that Ryan Howard would get a lot of playing time during the last few games, but it is Joseph who gets the start tonight. Joseph is batting just .154 against the Mets this season. 

Odubel Herrera, who has been hitting well in September, will remain in the three spot. He has two homers and is batting .391 over the past week. Herrera has two hits in six at-bats against Mets' starter Sean Gilmartin. 

Phillies

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, RF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF 
4. Maikel Franco, 3B 
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Darin Ruf, LF
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Jorge Alfaro, C
9. Alec Asher, P 

By the numbers: Phillies finally have 2 (maybe 3) guys with impressive on-base skills

By the numbers: Phillies finally have 2 (maybe 3) guys with impressive on-base skills

September roster expansion has not provided many Phillies prospects an opportunity to impress — J.P. Crawford and Nick Williams never got the call, Jorge Alfaro has started just twice in two weeks — but the one who has gotten a chance has created an interesting situation atop the Phils' order.
 
Roman Quinn, who has a .375 on-base percentage in his first 58 plate appearances in The Show, has settled nicely into the two-spot in the lineup, using his speed, plate selection and switch-hitting ability to make the top of the order a bit more dangerous. 
 
It's not a lock that all three of Quinn, Cesar Hernandez and Odubel Herrera are still with the Phillies next opening day. Hernandez or Herrera could be shopped, and if Quinn doesn't hit in spring training, maybe he begins the year at Triple A. 
 
But having a 1-2-3 of Hernandez, Quinn and Herrera — which is the way the lineup has gone recently — is intriguing. None have big power, but they all have speed and the ability to get on base consistently. Hernandez is hitting .293 with a .367 OBP and Herrera is at .287 with a .363 OBP. It's not as dynamic a one-two punch as Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, who had more power. It's not Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo with the Marlins in the early 2000s — they had more speed. But there's real value in having as many as three guys at the top of the lineup who get on base at a .350-plus clip. 
 
A few more notes on that trio:
 
• At .367 and .363, respectively, Hernandez and Herrera have the highest on-base percentages of any Phillies players since 2010. Nobody since 2012 has even been above .348.
 
• Hernandez has a .419 on-base percentage in 342 plate appearances since June 23. That's not a small sample, it's 79 games, nearly a half-season. During that span, the only four players in the majors with an OBP higher than Hernandez are Joey Votto, Mike Trout, D.J. LeMahieu and Freddie Freeman.
 
• Herrera has hit .292 with a .354 on-base percentage in two seasons as a Phillie. He's one of only 10 NL players with a BA and OBP that high the last two years. The others are Votto, Daniel Murphy, Paul Goldschmidt, Charlie Blackmon, Buster Posey, Christian Yelich, LeMahieu, Ryan Braun and Freeman. Not bad company.
 
• Hernandez's ability to get on base has been a positive, but his speed still isn't translating to stolen base success. Hernandez is 17 for 30 this season. He's the only major-leaguer since Brady Clark in 2005 to be caught stealing at least 13 times in 30 or fewer attempts.

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