Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff was able to keep the Marlins’ offense quiet through the first five innings of tonight’s game, but they finally got to him in the 6th inning, taking a 1-0 lead off of an RBI single by Giancarlo Stanton. That would be all the runs they would need as the Marlins’ pitchers kept the Phils’ offense in check all game long. The Marlins (54-46) would add four more runs in the 8th inning off of the Phillies’ bullpen and go on to defeat the Phillies (46-56) by a score of 5-0, evening up the series at a game a piece.

The Phillies’ offense was off balance all game long, and it didn’t matter who was pitching. The Marlins used four different pitchers to shutout the Phillies’ offense in this one. The Phils were only able to record four hits in tonight’s game, and the team combined to go 0 for 4 with RISP. Stanton led the way for the Marlins tonight, as he went 2 for 4 with a double, 2 RBIs, and a run scored. Stanton got the Marlins on the board in the 6th inning with an RBI single that opened up the scoring tonight. Stanton also started the Marlins’ rally in the 8th inning, hitting a ground rule double that scored the first of four runs in the inning.

Pitching in the same ballpark in which he made his MLB debut almost a year ago, Eickhoff turned in an excellent performance tonight. Eickhoff allowed just one run on 5 hits and a walk while striking out 8 batters in 7 strong innings of work. Unfortunately, Eickhoff was let down by the Phils’ offense and suffered the loss tonight. Eickhoff now sits at 6-12 on the season with a 3.83 ERA. Marlins starter Tom Koehler pitched 6 excellent innings tonight, as he allowed no runs on just 3 hits and a walk. Marlins relief pitchers Mike Dunn, David Phelps, and Nick Wittgren each tossed an inning of scoreless relief to preserve the shutout.

The Phillies and Marlins will play a rubber match tomorrow afternoon at 12:10 p.m. at Marlins Park. Phillies rookie starting pitcher Zach Eflin (3-3, 3.40 ERA) is scheduled to start tomorrow’s game against Marlins starter Adam Conley (6-5, 3.58 ERA). Eflin has improved so much since his debut as he already has two complete game performances this month. Eflin is coming off his first career complete game shutout in his last outing against the Pirates, and he will look to replicate that performance tomorrow as he looks to help the Phillies earn a series victory against the Marlins.

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