The Miami Marlins played their first home game in nearly two weeks on Tuesday and lost to the Philadelphia Phillies by a final score of 6-5.
The loss was only the sixth of the year at home for the Marlins, as the team continues to pace Major League Baseball in home victories.
Manager Mike Redmond was ejected for the first time this season when he argued a strike call with the home plate umpire. Redmond shouted at the umpire earlier in the game and evidently had seen enough in the sixth inning. The skipper kicked dirt all over the right-hand batters box drawing cheers from the crowd.
Anthony DeSclafani struggled in his home debut and looked like a different pitcher than he did last week in Los Angeles. DeSclafani had difficulty throwing first pitch strikes and that led to the Phillies getting favorable counts several times. All told, the prospect allowed five runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. The last run that scored was a runner inherited by Brad Hand.
It was another tough outing for Hand who could be running out of time on the roster. Hand walked three and allowed a run of his own while retiring two batters. The left-hander has a 6.14 E.R.A on the season and would have likely been demoted by now if not for his lack of minor-league options.
Randy Wolf entered in the seventh inning and went two scoreless innings before being pinch-hit for. The veteran struck out two and did not allow a hit. A.J. Ramos worked a scoreless ninth despite loading the bases.
The offense scored twice in the first inning and added another in the third. After that, it was quiet for Miami until the eighth. Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled home a run in the eighth to cut the deficit to two. The Marlins still had runners at the corners with nobody out in the inning, but added no more. In the ninth, Garrett Jones singled home a run with two outs to make it a one-run game.
Jones doubled for the 11th time this season earlier in the game and now has 21 runs batted in this year. RBI were also tallied by Casey McGehee (29) and Marcell Ozuna (23). The Phillies opted to pitch around Giancarlo Stanton for the most part as they walked him twice.
On Wednesday, Nathan Eovaldi will be tasked with evening up the series as Miami looks to end a two-game losing skid.