IS PHILS ACE ZACK WHEELER REALLY READY FOR PRIME TIME?

By Sam Bush

The Phillies season is only 10 games old, but it already is looking a lot like “Groundhog Day.”

Every game begins with promise.

But then reality bites.

And another loss is chalked up.

Jazz Chisholm Jr. tripled, doubled and drove in three runs, and the Miami Marlins beat Zack Wheeler and the Phillies 11-3 Sunday.

Jesús Sánchez had three hits and two RBI for the Marlins, who won three of four against Phils in the weekend series. Brian Anderson reached base four times on two walks, a single and hit by pitch.

National League MVP Bryce Harper homered for the Phils, a solo blast in the fifth, and had an RBI double in the seventh. The Phillies have lost five of six.

“We haven’t had guys consistent offensively yet,” Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi said. “That will get going as time goes on. Right now there’s some inconsistency in our play.”

The Marlins finished with 13 hits and chased Wheeler (0-2) in the fourth inning. The 2021 NL Cy Young Award runner-up allowed seven runs and eight hits, struck out three, walked three and hit a batter.

“A lot of good at-bats up and down the order,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “We were able to get to Wheeler and kind of force him into the zone. He’s got great stuff. He’s one of those guys that anytime you can put some runs on him, you feel good.”

Run-scoring triples from Chisholm and Miguel Rojas highlighted a four-run second. Bryan De La Cruz and Sánchez hit RBI singles that scored Chisholm and Rojas.

Sánchez went 7 for 15 in the series with two triples, two doubles and five RBI.

“I’ve always felt we have a good club, capable of doing everything like reaching base and driving in runs,” Sánchez said in Spanish. “Thankfully we’ve been doing it lately and hopefully it will continue.”

Wheeler (0-2) was removed after a walk to Jesús Aguilar loaded the bases. Christopher Sánchez relieved and allowed Joey Wendle’s two-run single that increased Miami’s lead to 7-0.

“Command wasn’t the best but it wasn’t terrible,” Wheeler said of his outing. “The velo was down a bit so when the velo is down you can’t sneak stuff past guys. Hopefully it will come as I get stronger, get my feet under me. Just have to figure out how to pitch with that velo down a bit.”

Chisholm had an RBI double off Sánchez in the sixth that made it 8-1 and hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

The Phillies’ Kyle Schwarber snapped a 1-for-28 funk with an infield single and solo homer.

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