By Sam Bush
As MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki has pointed out:
The Phillies bullpen has a 6.18 ERA since Aug. 21.
It has an 8.42 ERA since Aug. 31.
It has a 13.83 ERA in the past five games.
“These are the guys that got to get it done,” Girardi said. “These are the guys that we have. And they’ve got to find a way to get it done.”
After Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings last night, left-hander JoJo Romero and right-hander Héctor Neris pitched a combined 1 1/3 scoreless.
Right-hander Tommy Hunter, who started the eighth, had a 2.19 ERA in his last 12 appearances, but he loaded the bases with two outs. Girardi summoned Brandon Workman (above). Starling Marte smacked his second pitch off the right-field wall to clear the bases with a game-tying double.
Workman allowed a leadoff single in the ninth and ultimately a two-out, walk-off single to Jorge Alfaro.
“It’s tough to swallow that one,” said Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, who hit a solo homer against his former club.
The loss moved the Marlins within a half-game of the Phillies for second place in the National League East. Second-place teams automatically qualify for this year’s eight-team postseason.
“We have to give them a reason to believe,” Realmuto said. “So far, we just haven’t gotten the job done. That’s plain and simple. We’ve got to make some adjustments back there. Maybe attack guys a little bit differently. Maybe I can call pitches a little differently. We’ve got to do something different, but the talent is there. I would hang our hat on that for now and let us earn their trust back.”