Cody Asche walk-off home run downs Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies win series opener
The Phillies took the first of a three game set against the Phillies on Friday night, winning by an eventual score of 3-1 in the bottom of the 10th following a two-run shot by Cody Asche.
It was the Marlins who had opened the scoring in the 6th, after having threatened on numerous occasions as Cole Hamels didn’t appear as sharp as usual, and they finally got on the board on Adeiny Hechavarria’s RBI single which scored Jeff Baker to make it 1-0.
Philadelphia answered back in the bottom of the same inning as Chase Utley, who had previously doubled and advanced to third on a fielding error, scored on a wild pitch by Henderson Alvarez to tie the game at 1-1.
The grandstand finish was complete when Ben Revere singled in the bottom of the 10th inning bringing up Cody Asche, who hit a towering home run to right field to win the game in dramatic fashion for the Phils’.
Cole Hamels didn’t have his best start of the year despite only giving up 1 run through 7 innings, as he allowed 9 hits and was forced to work out of jams in the 3rd, 4th and arguably the 5th inning. He got a no decision, and remains at 8-7.
The Phillies bullpen was once again stellar, with Ken Giles, Jonathan Papelbon and Jake Diekman throwing 3 perfect frames to keep Miami at just 1 run scored.
Henderson Alvarez was also good for the Marlins, giving up 1 run through 7 frames. Mike Dunn recorded one out before being pulled for walking 2, with A.J. Ramos and Chris Hatcher providing 2 innings of hitless relief. Dan Jennings got the loss for giving up the walk-off home run.
With the win, the Phillies move to 68-79 and 15.5 games back of first place Washington, who lost to the now third place New York Mets. Miami slips to 4th in the NL East with a 71-75 record.
On Saturday night, it will be Kyle Kendrick (8-12, 4.83 ERA) against Brad Hand (3-6, 4.45 ERA), first pitch at 7:05 ET.