Offense struggles again as losing streak hits 5
Former Marlins catcher Realmuto has 2 hits for Phils
MIAMI — After scoring just one run in a threegame sweep in Cincinnati, the Marlins returned to South Florida hoping to generate any kind of spark for an offense that’s been one of the worst in the league.
Miami didn’t treat the team much better than the Queen City.
While the Marlins snapped a 21-inning scoreless streak, their offense woes continued, falling to the Phillies 9-1 for their fifth consecutive loss — and ninth in the past 10 games.
Former Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto shined in his first game versus his old team, finishing 2 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored. The 28-year-old spent the first five seasons of his major league career with the Phillies before being traded in February.
Miami starter Sandy Alcantara struggled in his third start of the season, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits and two walks in five innings. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out six batters on 93 pitches.
After successfully navigating the first two innings, Alcantara was hammered in the third inning. The Phillies strung together six consecutive hits, leaving the frame with a 5-0 lead. Realmuto delivered an RBI single in that stretch.
Bryce Harper — who signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with Philadelphia in the offseason — went 2 for 5 with an RBI on the night.
The Marlins’ lone run of the game came in the 7th inning on an Austin Dean RBI sacrifice fly. The outfielder finished 0 for 2 after being called up from Triple-A New Orleans. Peter O’Brien was sent down in a corresponding move.
Entering Friday night, the Marlins had averaged just 2.62 runs per game. Their 34 runs entering the night were the second-lowest in baseball. Miami is also 26th in hits, 25th in wOBA and 29th in walk-tostrikeout ratio.
Phillies starter Jake Arrieta kept the Marlins in check all night, pitching seven innings and allowing one earned run on five hits and one walk, while striking out eight. Jorge Alfaro was the only Marlins player to record a multi-hit night.
Andrew McCutchen put the exclamation point on Philadelphia’s win in the eight inning, blasting a three-run homer into AutoNation Alley to extend the lead.