Marlins at Phillies
The Miami Marlins have dropped 13 of their last 15 games to effectively remove themselves from the wild-card discussion in the National League. After letting a five-run lead evaporate in what resulted in a 15-inning loss in the opener, the Marlins look to stop the bleeding on Wednesday when they look to even the three-game series against the host Philadelphia Phillies at one victory apiece.
Miami is no stranger to walk-off losses after suffering that fate four times in their last five outings. Dee Gordon collected three singles in Tuesday's 9-8 setback and carries a career-high 15-game hitting streak into Wednesday's tilt against Aaron Nola, against whom he is 4-for-11 with a triple and a double. Philadelphia's Rhys Hoskins, who went deep twice in the opener and increased his homer total to four in as many outings overall, has gone deep six times versus Miami - including twice while going 4-for-6 against Wednesday starter Dan Straily. Maikel Franco recorded his fourth straight multi-hit performance to improve to 8-for-17 with two homers and four RBIs in the last four games and is 5-for-12 versus Straily.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FSN Florida (Miami), CSN Philadelphia
PITCHING MATCHUP: Marlins RH Dan Straily (9-8, 3.95 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Aaron Nola (10-10, 3.71)
Staily has answered a four-start losing skid with a six-game unbeaten string, with the two victories in that stretch coming over Philadelphia. The 28-year-old owns a 3-1 mark versus the Phillies this season despite letting the opposition bat .315 against him. Straily, who has struggled versus Tommy Joseph (4-for-11), has worked at least five innings in each of his last eight outings.
While Nola owns a respectable record this season considering his team's plight in the standings, his 0-3 mark with a gaudy 10.67 ERA in three starts (14 1/3 innings) against Miami leaves plenty of be desired. The 24-year-old was in line for his 11th win of the season at Washington on Thursday before the bullpen failed to hold the lead, leaving him with a no-decision. "They were fouling pitches off. I let the leadoff guy on a couple innings. I had to battle through a little more a couple of those innings,” Nola said after yielding three runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings.
1. Miami C J.T. Realmuto is 8-for-16 with six RBIs and four runs scored in his last three contests.
2. Philadelphia RF Nick Williams is 18-for-46 with 17 RBIs and eight runs scored during his 10-game hitting streak.
3. The Marlins will learn Wednesday whether this weekend's series against Milwaukee will be played as scheduled in Miami or be moved to an alternate site, manager Don Mattingly said.