Deep fish: Stanton, Yelich HR as Marlins beat Phillies
By Joe Frisaro and Glenn Sattell
MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton picked an appropriate time to connect on the longest home run tracked by Statcast™ this season. The three-time All-Star blistered a two-run homer in the eighth inning on Friday night that launched the Marlins to a 6-4 win over the Phillies at Marlins Park.
The blast was projected to travel 475 feet with an exit velocity of 113 mph. It ran Miami's win streak to four, as the club has won 11 of 12.
But the Phillies stormed back against Wei-Yin Chen, who allowed the leadoff batter to reach in each of his five innings.
"The momentum switched pretty quickly," Stanton said. "You feel like you're in total control, and then they come back. Usually, that's when the other team keeps it going and wins. So, it was good to put a hold on that and come up big like that."
Philadelphia hammered out 11 hits off Chen, tying it at 4 on Maikel Franco's opposite-field homer to open the fifth.
"They were pitching me away and I hit the ball [that way]," Franco said. "That's what I'm going to try to continue to do and see what happens."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Stanton, Yelich provide pop: Stanton's two-run homer in the eighth inning proved to be the difference. It was also the longest home run of the season for any player, as tracked by Statcast™. The drive was projected at 474.57 (rounds up to 475) feet with an exit velocity of 112.75 mph off Hector Neris, who threw an 87 mph splitter. Stanton's previous long drive this year was 462.3 last Saturday in Milwaukee. In the first inning, Yelich also showed some power. His two-run shot off Velasquez was projected at 451 feet, the longest blast Yelich has hit as tracked by Statcast™. His previous high was 437 feet on Tuesday against Tyler Clippard of the D-backs. Pittsburgh's Jordy Mercer had the previous long homer of 466.1 feet on April 22.
"I'm just getting some good pitches to hit, and I'm not really missing them," Yelich said. More >
Pitcher hits eighth: Batting in the No. 8 spot, Velasquez beat out an infield single with two outs in the fourth inning. It allowed Peter Bourjos to bat with runners at first and second. Bourjos promptly lined a double down the left-field line, scoring both Freddy Galvis, who had opened the frame with a single, and Velasquez to cut the Marlins' lead to 4-3.
"I had to help myself out, get on base and get another run on my end and help the team out," Velasquez said. "It's a team thing here. It's a tough loss, but we'll get them tomorrow." More >
Chen off night: After being staked to a four-run lead, Chen was unable to preserve the lead on what was his roughest start of the season. The lefty was tagged for four runs on 11 hits in five innings. For just the second time in 123 career starts, Chen didn't record a strikeout. His only other no-strikeout game was on Aug. 26, 2014, when he went 4 2/3 innings for the Orioles against the Rays. The 11 hits matched the second most Chen has allowed, done three times.
"The only thing I can say is I really pitched terribly out there," Chen said through an interpreter. "But, thankfully, we have a great team. My teammates played really well. They picked me up. It's a good team win. That's all I can say."
With the glove and the bat: In the sixth, third baseman Franco went to his right to backhand a line drive off the bat of Chris Johnson, turning it into an inning-ending double play with a quick throw to second. It was just an inning earlier that Franco hit the first pitch for a home run to tie the game at 4.
"Every single day I try to put a lot of focus on [my defense]," Franco said. "I try to be ready every single pitch to help my team on offense and defense."
"They were hitting everything earlier on the nose. If not, they were having good swings. There was not a lot of swing and miss in there. It didn't look like anybody was getting fooled tonight. That's going to happen now and then." -- Marlins manager Don Mattingly, on Chen's rough start
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Marlins first baseman Justin Bour didn't have much to show for it, but it was an encouraging sign for Miami that he was able to pinch-hit with one out in the seventh. Bour struck out, but he was back in action for the first time since dislocating his left pinkie on Tuesday.
WHAT'S NEXT Phillies: Jeremy Hellickson gets the start for the Phillies at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday. Hellickson looks to rebound from his last outing, when he gave up six runs on seven hits, including three homers, over 5 1/3 innings in St. Louis.
Marlins: Tom Koehler makes his sixth start at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, coming off a rough outing at Milwaukee. His record is 2-3 with a 7.25 ERA. Lifetime against the Phillies, Koehler is 2-3 with a 4.53 ERA.