Marlins In Town

Well, look at it this way.  When the Phillies began the season, they went 0-4. When they began the second half, 1-2. The Mets were on the winning edge in the Citizens Bank Park series. Not surprising since they are 23-9 there since June 21, 2013.

Over the last two seasons they have hit 35 home runs in 16 games in Philly, the highest total for any visiting team in any enemy ballpark.  The good news: New York only has three more games this season in Philly, the final three of the season.

Nola Nod
Aaron Nola tries to get untracked tonight in the first of four-games against the Marlins, his first start since July 2. Since his last win on June 5, he’s 0-4 for five starts, allowing 30 runs in 18 innings.

So, who is his opposing hurler tonight? None other than Jose Fernandez, one of the game’s best, 11-4. In his brief big league career, Jose is an unconscious 25-1 at home and only 8-12 the road which includes a 1-1 record in three starts at Citizens Bank Park.  So, he’s not invincible.

Did You Know?
**The Phillies won their very first game against the Marlins, May 17, 1993, at Joe Robbie Stadium, 10-3. Ben Rivera was the winning pitcher.  1B John Kruk, 5-6. 2B Mickey Morandini, 1-6. Bob McClure pitched one scoreless relief inning for the Marlins.

**Phillies this year hold 4-2 edge over the Marlins, 2-1 here and 2-1 in Miami.  Same two teams meet again next Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday in Miami. Ichiro Suzuki has 2,994 career hits.

**The Marlins lead the majors with a .287 team average on the road.  Phillies are last in batting at home, .222.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Marlins:
**Since their 5-11 start, they have gone 44-31.
**47-41 record at the break was their first over .500 since 2009.
**Relievers lead the NL in saves 35.
**They are 47-68 at Citizens Bank Park.
**Last time the Marlins won the season series vs. the Phillies was 2008, 10-8.

Big Piece Connects

00 Howard Sat
Ryan Howard’s 370th career home run on Saturday night win landed in the Phillies bullpen. David Hernandez retrieved the ball and tossed it a lucky fan.

The 428-foot blast tied him with Gil Hodges for 77th place on the all-time list.  Ryan’s game in his 5,579th at-bat; Hodges needed 7,030 AB. Next it sight is Rocky Colavito, who hit 374 (6,503 AB).

Minor League Report
Phillies minor league teams in the states have a combined record of 245-178, a .579 percentage.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (55-40), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 from Buffalo. Friday was a 10-1 win, 4-3 Saturday win and a 10-1 drubbing on Sunday, which ended a 3-game winning streak. Friday WP: Jake Thompson (8-5), 7-3-0-0-1-5; 12 ground ball outs; 5-0, 0.64 ERA in last 8 GS. Saturday WP: Adam Morgan (2-1), 6-6-4-4-1-4, 2 HR. SV: Luis Garcia (2). RF Nick Williams, 6-12 weekend, 3 R, 2 2B (23-24), 3 RBI. 1B/DH Brock Stassi, 4-8, R, 2B, HR (6), 3 BB, 4 RBI . . . Phil Klein (0-0), 7:05 tonight in Indianapolis.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (65-29), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
1-2 series in Trenton, 4-0 losses on Friday and Sunday.  4-1 win on Saturday, scoring 3 in T9 to win. 23rd win when opponent scored 1st.  Trenton pitching held Dylan Cozens and 1B Rhys Hoskins to 3-19 and only 2 extra-hits (27-28th doubles for Cozens) . . . Nick Pivetta (8-4), 7:05 tonight in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (15-9), 2nd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won 5-3 (13 innings) and 6-4 in Palm Beach and lost, 11-8, yesterday in Bradenton; loss ended 7-game winning streak. CF Carlos Tocci, 9-33 during a 7-game hitting streak; 2B Scott Kingery, 7-16 weekend, 28th 2B, 24-25 SB. C Chace Numata, 7-14 weekend, 3 RBI, including a 2-run 3B during a 3-run 13th inning Friday. 3B Mitch Walding, 9-game hitting streak, 12-31; 8 RBI . . . John Richy (2-4), 6:30 tonight in Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (12-11), 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
8-4 loss Friday, 2-0 win Saturday and Sunday rainout in Charleston, SC. WP: Tyler Gilbert (5-7), 7-9-0-0-0-2. SV: Sutter McLoughlin (2). 2B Josh Tobias, 4-9 weekend, 21-22 2B, 2 R . . . Alberto Tirado (1-1) and Seranthony Dominiquez (1-1), 5:05 DH this evening in Charleston.

Williamsport Crosscutters (17-13), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
6-3 loss Friday and 5-4, 11-inning win Saturday in Vermont and 3-2 win Sunday vs. West Virginia. C Henri Laritgue, 3 doubles on Saturday. C-DH Brett Barbier, has hit in all 8 game to start his pro career (11-31, .355), including 1st pro HR on Sunday . . . Ranger Suarez (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (13-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Defeated Yankees East twice, 11-8 in Tampa and 5-4 in Clearwater. LF Josh Stephen, 5-7, 3 R, 3B, 1st pro HR, 6 RBI. His last 10 G: 14 H, 12 RBI, 7 R. SS Cole Stobbe, 3-8,2B, RBI. CF Mickey Moniak last 10 G: 7 R, 14 H, 9 RBI . . . Sixto Sanchez (2-0), 12 noon today at Braves.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: OF David Lough, activated from DL

Reading: INF Carlos Alonso, transferred from Lehigh Valley; C Joel Fisher, placed on DL; LHR Jeremy Bleich, released.

Lakewood: C Edgar Cabral, placed on DL.

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