PHILS HAVE 1ST WILD CARD SPOT BY 2 WITH 22 GAMES TO PLAY!

By Sam Bush

Not even the return of smoking hot Trea Turner from paternity leave could lift the Phils last night at Citizens Bank Park.

Jacob Stallings hit a two-run home run, Jesús Sánchez also went deep and the Miami Marlins beat the Phillies 3-2 on Friday night to open a three-game series.

Bryan De La Cruz added a pair of hits for Miami, a half-game behind Arizona for the third and final wild-card spot in the National League. The Marlins have won seven of eight.

Turner returned from a two-game absence on the paternity list to homer for the Phillies.

Defending NL champion Philadelphia (77-63) is in first place in the wild-card race, two games in front of the Cubs (76-66) and four games clear of Arizona (74-68). Miami (73-68) is just behind the Diamondbacks.

Turner returned to the lineup a day after he and his wife, Kristen, announced the birth of their second child, Tatum. He clubbed the third pitch he saw off Marlins starter Eury Pérez over the fence in left to extend his hitting streak to 16 games and his RBI streak to 10.

The Philadelphia shortstop traded some autographs in exchange for the ball.

“Pretty cool moment,” Turner said.

Turner played on little sleep.

“Last night was a little rough,” he said. “It’s part of being a dad. Wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

The Phillies took a 2-0 lead in the third on Bryce Harper’s RBI single to center that scored Turner, who had singled and stole second.

Philadelphia threatened in the seventh against two Marlins relievers, but Steven Okert fanned Turner with runners on first and second before Andrew Nardi induced Nick Castellanos into an inning-ending groundout with the bases loaded.

 

About admin

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Reply