Five observations from Phillies series win over the Marlins

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 07: Carlos Santana #41 of the Philadelphia Phillies gestures after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on April 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 07: Carlos Santana #41 of the Philadelphia Phillies gestures after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on April 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 07: Carlos Santana #41 of the Philadelphia Phillies is congratulated by Vince Velasquez #28 after he hit a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on April 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

When the offense rains, it pours

In two games against the Mets last week, Philadelphia’s bats were as cold as the weather. They were shut out in the first game then scored just two runs in the second. They collected just eight hits combined in those two games.

Upon returning to Philadelphia, the offense picked up the pace. Maikel Franco led the way with a three-hit, four-RBI performance in the home opener. He then had a grand slam and six RBI total in the 20-1 thumping of the Marlins Saturday night. Altogether, the team racked up 20 hits, four home runs, two grand slams, four doubles, and six walks.

Sunday the team did have seven hits and four walks but left six runners on base. Runners were caught stealing twice. They only mustered one hit between the eighth and ninth innings after surrendering the lead. Maybe they should have saved some of the runs from the night before.

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