By: Rebecca Serad, Sports Talk Philly Staff
Final: Miami Marlins 7, Philadelphia Phillies 2 ❖ Attendance: 16,241
MIAMI — Coming into tonight's game, the Philadelphia Phillies (17-33) were 12-12 against the rest of the National League East, including their opponent, the Miami Marlins (20-30). It was enough reason to hope that they could find a way out of their current funk. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Phils starter Vince Velasquez only threw 19 pitches, pitching an inning and a third, before having to exit the game with a right elbow flexor strain. To say this is concerning would be an understatement. The Phillies starters have been struggling all season, and the news that Velasquez will be heading to the disabled list as a result of this injury leaves more question marks for the rotation. With the exception of Mark Leiter Jr., the relievers did a good job of keeping the scoring from becoming laughable.
The lack of offense didn't help matters. The recently activated Howie Kendrick hit a homer, which was good to see, but one player cannot be responsible for all of the offense. The Phils have been scored four or fewer runs in their last 11 games. That is simply unacceptable.
Tonight's loss cements the Phillies' tenth consecutive series loss. The team is a horrific 6-24 in the last 30 games. Regardless of whether or not they lose tomorrow, they will have had one of the worst months of May in franchise history.
WP: Dustin McGowan (2-0, 3.86 ERA) ❖ LP: Vince Velasquez (2-5, 5.58 ERA)