Jose Fernandez returned from the disabled list and became only the third pitcher since 1914 to win his first 16 career decisions at home when the Miami Marlins beat the fading Washington Nationals 2-0 Saturday night. Overall, he gave up seven hits and walked two while striking out three.
“Today is his day”, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said of Asche.
Alec Asher’s struggles have coincided with those of the young Phillies, but a solution could come against one of the only teams Philadelphia has bested this season.
Justin Bour continued his recent show of power by slamming his 19th home run to right off Phillies starter David Buchanan. He was ideal through his first four innings and finished with a career-high eight strikeouts. “Now that third pitch I think is kind of making me a different, which is opening up new opportunities for me in the strike zone”, Conley said.
Miguel Rojas hit a two-run homer for the Marlins. He allowed seven hits, two walks and two runs in seven innings, shutting down the Marlins (64-87) in a battle between two of the worst teams in baseball.
Bour led off the fourth with a home run down the right-field line for a 2-0 lead.
Philadelphia opened the scoring with an unearned run in the first.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky). Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez winds up during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, July 9, 2015, , in Miami.
Cody Asche of the Phillies hit two home runs to help Aaron Harang get his first victory in over a month. The Phillies loaded the bases with no outs, but Conley allowed just one run after getting Ruiz to ground into a double play.
Mike Dunn’s wild pitch in the eighth proved costly as it allowed the Phillies to score the tying run from third base. Kratz was originally called out, but the call was justifiably reversed on video review. He has pitched 182 innings this year – which is a heavy workload for a youngster – including 72 2/3 innings in the majors…. He also said the Phillies need to be active in improving their roster this offseason…. Hechavarria has been out since September 2. Marlins 3B Martin Prado (wrist) missed his fifth game in a row….
Earlier in the day, Conley was named the Marlins’ minor-league pitcher of the year.
Asche has four home runs in his past eight games giving him 11 for the season.