Instant Replay: Marlins 5, Phillies 0

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Instant Replay: Marlins 5, Phillies 0

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MIAMI – Cole Hamels’ string of strong starts was snapped at 10 as the Miami Marlins beat the Phillies, 5-0, on Wednesday night.

The loss marked the low point of the season as the Phillies, losers of six straight and 10 of their last 12, fell to 12 games under .500.

The Phillies, who had just five singles in the game, have been shut out 11 times on the season. Only San Diego has been shut out more.

Hamels lasted just five innings (97 pitches) and allowed three runs. He had pitched at least seven innings in 10 straight starts.

Starting pitching report
Hamels (2-5) seemed off right from the get-go. He allowed a base hit and two walks in the first inning. Though he escaped a bases-loaded jam, he threw 34 pitches in the first inning. In all, the left-hander went five innings, allowed five hits and three runs. He walked four, hit a batter and struck out three. Hamels gave up a leadoff walk in the fifth inning then allowed a pair of RBI doubles.

Miami’s Tom Koehler (6-6) held the Phillies to three hits over six shutout innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

Bullpen report
Kenny Giles pitched a scoreless inning and struck out one. He has pitched nine innings since coming up from Triple A and has allowed just one run, which came in his first inning of work.

Mario Hollands’ scoreless innings streak was snapped at 18 when he allowed a two-run homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the eighth. The home run came one batter after Hollands took a ball off the right knee from the bat of Marcell Ozuna. Hollands faced two more batters then left the game with what was called a contusion.

Miami’s bullpen pitched three scoreless innings.

At the plate
The Phillies’ offense let Koehler off the hook in the first inning. Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins opened the game with base hits to put runners on first and third with no outs. The Phils got nothing out of the threat as Koehler struck out Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd before retiring Ryan Howard on a ground ball to second.

The Phillies did not get their third hit of the game until the sixth inning. They were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.

The Marlins had four extra-base hits. The Phillies had none.

Health check
Cliff Lee, on the disabled list since May 20 with a strained left elbow, will make a minor-league rehab start for Single A Clearwater on Sunday. Lee threw a 60-pitch simulated game on Tuesday. He could throw up to 75 pitches Sunday (see story).

Transactions
The Phillies placed outfielder Domonic Brown on paternity leave and recalled outfielder Aaron Altherr from Double A (see story). Brown is expected to be back in a couple of days.

The Phils also shifted reliever Mike Adams (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list. Adams won’t be eligible to return until early August.

Pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez came off the disabled list and was assigned to Double A, where he will work as a reliever.

Up next
Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.22) will oppose Miami lefty Brad Hand (0-1, 6.38) in the series finale Thursday night.

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.