EFLIN AND SCHWARBER SUCK AGAIN, AND PHILS LOSE 4TH STRAIGHT!

By Sam Bush

The Phillies season opened with such high hopes:

Two straight wins against the A’s at CBP.

But it has devolved into a loser’s lament:

A fourth straight loss last night in Miami.

Jesús Sánchez tripled for the second straight game, doubled and drove in two runs, and the Marlins won 7-1.

Nick Castellanos homered in the eighth for the Phillies, who have lost four straight.

“We’re not scoring runs when we have opportunities,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re putting our (pitchers) in a tough spot. I really believe that we’re going to hit. There are other teams going through it and we’re going through it right now.”

The Phils finished 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Slugger Kyle Schwarber, who signed a four-year, $80 million free-agent deal, is in a 1-for-28 funk since his two-hit opening day. Schwarber was the final out, striking out with two runners on base.

“There are going to be many a day that are going to be like this, and there are going to be many days differently,” Schwarber said. “I think you guys will see there will be frustration but once it’s over with, it’s over with. All you can do is keep working.”

The Marlins struck quickly against Zach Eflin (0-1) on Sánchez’s RBI double and Aguilar’s run-scoring single in the first.

“That was our game plan, to attack him,” Sánchez said.

Jazz Chisholm Jr.’s two-run triple in the second made it 4-0.

Eflin (0-1) was lifted after four innings. The right-hander allowed four runs and six hits, struck out four and walked one.

Sánchez hit an RBI triple off Philadelphia reliever Nick Nelson and scored on Aguilar’s sac fly in the fifth. Another sac fly from Aguilar in the sixth made it 7-0.

In observance of Jackie Robinson Day, Miami manager Don Mattingly allowed bench coach James Rowson to address the media before and after the game.

“Donnie, for Jackie Robinson Day, came to me earlier today and kind of handed over to me the pregame and postgame interviews in honor of what we’re doing,” Rowson said. “I appreciate that. And winning the game, he said I could come out here and handle it, and that he would have if we didn’t. It’s pretty cool for Donnie to allow this to happen.”

Philadelphia’s Simón Muzziotti led off the third with his first major league hit, an opposite-field single. The rookie center fielder also collided with the wall on a running catch that denied Aguilar of an extra-base hit in the bottom half.

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