Kyle Kendrick pitched seven innings, had three hits and drove in a run, Jonathan Papelbon closed in his first appearance since being suspended and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 Wednesday night.
Brad Hand pitched six sharp innings, Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in two runs and the beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Sunday.
The last time Alex Wood started against Miami at Turner Field, he pitched eight strong innings before losing 1-0 to Jose Fernandez.
Entering Thursday night, the Philadelphia Phillies were 1-40 when trailing after eight innings. Make that 2-40 now.
The bullpen gave the Phillies’ offense plenty of chances, and Chase Utley finally came through. Utley hit a two-run home run in the 14th inning, lifting Philadelphia to a 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
Rafael Furcal had to wait more than two months to make his season debut with the Miami Marlins. Now another injury is expected to keep him out again.
A couple of weeks ago, Jeff Samardzija was a symbol of the Chicago Cubs’ struggles when he was winless despite leading the major leagues in ERA.
The Miami Marlins played outside and then inside Monday night, and had trouble scoring either way. Their retractable roof was closed in the seventh inning because of rain in the area, but the change didn’t help the condition of their offense.
By the third quarter, Murray State coach Chris Hatcher was just hoping to escape Florida State without any serious injuries and get back home and start playing schools in his own division.