Phillies Offense Continues to Struggle for Hamels
The Phillies offense stalled yet again today, falling to the Marlins by a score of 6 to 2. The Phils' floundering offense spolied a solid outing by Cole Hamels, who struck out 9 Marlins over 5 1/3 innings.
Hamels' day got off to a rocky start as Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio lead off with back-to-back singles. The speedy duo swiped second and third with a double-steal, and Reyes would score on a Hanley Ramirez grounder to first.
Hamels would buckle down after the run scored, striking out Gaby Sanchez and Austin Kearns to end the inning. He'd go on to strike out 3 over the next two innings. The Marlins would tack on another run in the fourth following a Ramirez double and Gaby Sanchez single.
Omar Infante added to the Phils' defecit by depositing a wind-swept flyball into the flowerbed in left-center field. Jose Reyes then doubled, but was cut down by Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz while attempting to swipe third in one of the few defensive highlights of the day for the home team.
Hamels added to his own troubles in the top of the sixth with a throwing error when Emilio Bonifacio dropped a bunt in front of the mound. Hamels scooped up the ball and fired to first where nobody was covering. Freddy Galvis, who was still a full three steps from the bag could only watch as the ball skipped into foul territory allowing Bonifacio to advance to third. Hamels was charged with the two-base error and got the hook after striking out Hanley Ramirez.
Infante would again go yard, this time in the 7th inning off of Joe Savery, who replaced Hamels.
The Phillies' would score their only two runs of the day when Freddy Galvis would come to bat with runners on the cornersin the bottom of the 7th. Galvis lined a double, his first hit of his major league career, into the gap in left center to score Victorino and Ruiz. Jimmy Rollins had a pair of hits on the day.
Jonathan Papelbon, on in a non-save situation in the 9th inning, would also surrender a home run, this time to Marlins' right fielder Austin Kearns.
Cole Hamels would draw the loss today, falling to 0-1 on then season. Anibal Sanches earned the win, his first decision of the season.
Tomorrow is an off-day for both teams. The second game of the series is Wednesday night at 7:05 when Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson take the mound.
(This story was written by our 97.3 ESPN Phillies beat reporter Ryan Petzar, you can follow him on twitter @petzrawr)