Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies game preview
The Philadelphia Phillies are the best team in one-run games this season, and two comeback victories against the Miami Marlins earlier this month are part of that sterling record.
The Phillies will try to make things a little less stressful when the Marlins visit Philadelphia for a three-game series beginning Monday night.
Philadelphia is 14-3 in one-run games and boosted that mark with two wins against Cincinnati to open this weekend. Tyler Goeddel threw out Eugenio Suarez at the plate to finish off a 4-3 victory Saturday.
The Phillies (22-16) couldn’t complete a three-game sweep Sunday and their 9-4 loss snapped a string of six consecutive home wins.
"We’ve been playing so well up to this point and this was a hiccup," manager Pete Mackanin told MLB’s official website.
They’ll try to bounce back while getting started on another series victory over the Marlins (20-17). Philadelphia won the final two of its three games in Miami earlier this month, scoring the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning both times.
Andres Blanco provided pair of key doubles in a 4-3 win May 7 and a 6-5 victory May 8. Goeddel hit the tying two-bagger in the series finale, his first career extra-base hit.
Miami had won 11 of 12 before those back-to-back defeats and had lost five of seven until back-to-back victories over Washington to close out this weekend. Giancarlo Stanton shook off an outfield collision with Marcell Ozuna to hit his 11th home run, and Ozuna extended his hit streak to 15 games.
"I peeked at (Ozuna). I peeked at the ball. I knew it would get there at the same time," Stanton said of Ryan Zimmerman’s flyball that became an inside-the-park home run. "So I started calling it, and he tried to get out of the way at the last second, so we barely skipped our shins together and then hit the ground pretty hard."
Ozuna, a career .328 hitter versus Philadelphia, went 5 for 12 in the three-game series in Miami. He has one double in three career at-bats against Jerad Eickhoff (1-5, 4.43 ERA).
The Phillies right-hander suffered his fourth consecutive loss Wednesday with a 5-1 defeat in Atlanta, allowing four runs in 4 1/3 innings. Eickhoff has a 2.03 ERA in six career home starts for Philadelphia, pitching at least six innings in each, and a 2.25 mark in his three this season.
He tossed six scoreless innings in his only matchup with Miami, a 7-1 road win Aug. 21.
Adam Conley (2-2, 3.72) will try to get back on track following a 10-2 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday. The left-hander gave up four runs in four innings after pitching 13 scoreless in back-to-back victories.
Conley took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before being lifted in his most recent road game, a 6-3 victory against Milwaukee on April 29. He went 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA in three overall starts against Philadelphia in his rookie season while getting a combined four runs of support.
Martin Prado will try to give him a lift this time while boosting his .374 average and a .310 career mark versus the Phillies. Prado went 6 for 10 with two doubles in the series earlier this month.
Christian Yelich is batting .565 in his last six games against the Phillies and .331 in 33 overall meetings.
Philadelphia’s Odubel Herrera, batting .392 in his last 21 games, is 10 or 19 in his last six versus the Marlins and .371 in 22 lifetime matchups.