Yelich homers, then lifts Marlins over Phils in 10
By Todd Zolecki and Evan Webeck
PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins are applying a little pressure to the Nationals in the National League East.
Miami beat the Phillies, 2-1, in 10 innings on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park to move within 4 1/2 games of the first-place Nationals. Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria doubled against Phillies right-hander David Hernandez to start the 10th. Christian Yelich then ripped a two-out single to left field against left-hander Daniel Stumpf to score the go-ahead run.
"[This] is the kind of the game you have to win," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "I think as we keep doing as we've been doing, we're gonna have a lot of these games. A lot of games that are close, that are hard to win. So we're going to have to execute. We got good pitching tonight. A lot of guys did good things for us. We got some guys out and got the big hit."
The Phillies, who have lost four of five games since the All-Star break, struck out looking twice to end innings with runners in scoring position. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said he planned to meet with his team to discuss it.
"Too many bad at-bats," Mackanin said. "We're not grinding out at-bats, and we need to do that. Too many called third strikes with runners in scoring position. That's a pet peeve of mine, and we're going to address that."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Deja vu?: For the second straight night, it took more than the regulation nine frames to decide the victor. While the Marlins' late-inning rally on Monday was to tie the game in the ninth, it came a frame later on Tuesday -- and gave them the lead. Having used Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez in the eighth and ninth, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin turned to Hernandez and Stumpf in the 10th, with little success. Hechavarria led off with a double, and Miami almost stranded him on second, botching a sac bunt attempt and striking out before Yelich scorched a two-out RBI single into left.
"Just trying to get a good pitch to hit," said Yelich, who also homered in the fourth. "I left a guy out there in the eighth, so I was trying to make up for it, and I was able to. It was a big win for us."
Saint Vincent:Vince Velasquez battled "dead arm" before the All-Star break, but he looked refreshed against the Marlins, striking out Giancarlo Stanton on a 97-mph fastball in the first. Velasquez allowed one run on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts in seven innings. He has a 1.88 ERA (five earned runs in 24 innings) in four starts since returning from a strained right biceps in June.
"If I'm refreshed, I would expect to at least go seven innings, at least more than five," Velasquez said. "I was pretty happy with the outcome today." More >
Urena steps up: Making his first Major League start since last August, Jose Urena turned in one of the best outings of his career. The Marlins had used him exclusively out of the bullpen this season before sending him down with a 7.52 ERA. He got stretched out in Triple-A New Orleans and turned in 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in his return to The Show. Urena scattered three hits, plus one big Tommy Joseph blast into the second deck in left for the Phillies' lone run against him. Miami is in the market for a fifth starter, but Urena is pitching to keep the role for himself.
"He's earned -- in my mind -- at least the consideration for that," Mattingly said. "Unless we have any kind of trouble with our 'pen where we need to be able to do something different, I don't know why we'd make a change right now." More >
Joseph on a roll: Phillies first baseman Joseph crushed a solo home run into the second deck in left field in the third inning for the Phillies' only run. Joseph is hitting .500 (14-for-28) with two doubles, five home runs and eight RBIs in his last nine games. He is now tied with Ryan Howard for second on the Phillies with 13 home runs.
"Every game for everybody in this clubhouse is an opportunity to showcase yourself and keep your job and give yourself an opportunity to be in the lineup the next day," Joseph said. "That's the way I try to approach every day." More >
"They've got a real good team. They've got one of the best, if not the best, hitting team in the National League East." -- Mackanin, on the Marlins
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Joseph has homered 13 times in his first 49 games. Only four other Phillies have homered 11 or more times in their first 49 career games: Ron Jones (1988-90), Don Hurst (1928), Darin Ruf (2012-13) and Buzz Arlett (1931).
FRANCO HITS HEAD, BUT IS OK
Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco made a great diving catch on a bunt attempt in the 10th inning. He snapped his neck and face planted into the turf. He seemed dazed after the play, but he got checked out and remained in the game. Franco said afterward he felt fine.
When J.T. Realmuto slid into second trying to break up a double play in the first inning, Cesar Hernandez dropped the ball on the transfer, hoping to double up Yelich at first. It was ruled that he had possession and Realmuto was out at second. The Marlins challenged the play but the call stood. Mattingly is now 23-for-34 on challenges this season.
WHAT'S NEXT Marlins: While Miami faces a starter it reportedly has interest in before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the club sends its key offseason acquisition against him at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Wei-Yin Chen (5-3, 4.90 ERA) tries to give the Marlins their seventh win in their last eight games.
Phillies: Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (6-7, 4.03 ERA) might have just three more starts in a Phillies uniform with the Deadline approaching as he faces the Marlins on Wednesday night. The Phillies could trade Hellickson, knowing he is a free agent following the season, and they would like to see top pitching prospect Jake Thompson before the end of the year.