By Jack Ryan
The Phillies send Vince Velasquez (8-2, 3.32 ERA) to the mound tonight following an 11-inning loss.
After giving the Phillies a scare with decreased velocity in his second-to-last start before the All-Star break, which the club attributed to a dead arm, Velasquez was back to bringing the heat in Colorado.
In his final start before the break, Velasquez went six innings of two-run ball, and his fastball averaged nearly 95 mph, close to his career average.
Velasquez has faced the Marlins twice this season, with neither outing going particularly smoothly.
In his first, Velasquez allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings. He didn’t allow a run his next time facing the Fish, but it took him 103 pitches to make it through five, striking out 10.