A Stunning Ninth Inning
The Philadelphia Phillies pulled off a thrilling 3-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night, thanks to a tiebreaking two-run homer by Nick Castellanos in the ninth inning. The game was played at loanDepot park in Miami, Florida, with an attendance of 9,600 fans.
Castellanos Breaks the Slump
Castellanos, who had been struggling with an 8-for-68 skid in the second half of the season, came through in a big way. He drilled a slider from Marlins closer David Robertson over the wall in left-center, punctuating a three-run outburst in the ninth inning. The South Florida native expressed joy at being home and credited his success to the time off he had in the series opener.
Harper’s Clutch Performance
Before Castellanos’ heroics, Bryce Harper ripped an opposite-field double that scored pinch-runner Jake Cave from first, tying the game. Harper’s clutch hit set the stage for the dramatic finish, and Phillies manager Rob Thomson praised the team’s resilience, especially against Marlins’ starter Sandy Alcantara.
Alcantara’s Dominant Outing
Alcantara was exceptional, limiting the Phillies to four hits over eight scoreless innings. The reigning NL CY Young Award winner allowed only one walk and struck out five in a 101-pitch outing. Marlins manager Skip Schumaker was pleased with Alcantara’s performance but lamented the inability to push more runs across.
A Night of Moves
The game also saw significant roster moves, with Garrett Cooper and Jean Segura being traded shortly before the game. The Phillies also acquired All-Star right-hander Michael Lorenzen from the Detroit Tigers.
- Miami took an early lead in the third inning, thanks to a run-scoring double by Avisaíl García.
- Phillies starter Ranger Suárez allowed 10 hits but managed to keep the game close over 6 1/3 innings.
- A brief delay occurred in the ninth when a spectator ran onto the field, adding to the night’s drama.
The Phillies and Marlins will continue their four-game series, with Zack Wheeler (8-5, 3.74) starting for the Phillies against Marlins’ Braxton Garrett (5-3, 4.08) on Wednesday.