The Philadelphia Phillies set an April franchise record with 29 home runs last month. It looks they’re intent on hitting the same way in May.
The Phillies go for a third straight victory when they close out a two-game series with the Florida Marlins Tuesday at Dolphin Stadium.
Philadelphia (11-14) won its second straight game Monday, scoring seven runs in the seventh abnd eighth innings to beat Florida 8-5, one game after ending a three-game slide with Sunday’s 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pat Burrell’s solo home run in the eighth inning Monday put the Phillies ahead to stay.
“That was huge to come back,” Burrell said. “You’re not going to win that game many times.”
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel will try to make it through a complete Phillies-Marlins game Tuesday, after having been ejected from each of the last two.
Manuel was booted in the fourth inning Monday by second base umpire Angel Hernandez for disputing a forceout call. He and Chase Utley also got ejected during the first inning of Philadelphia’s 4-2 win April 23 at Citizens Bank Park for disputing a close play at first base.
Howard is hitting .306 with five homers and 12 RBIs. Abreu, batting .300 with four homers and 20 RBIs this season, pinch hit in the eighth and was intentionally walked.
“I want to give Bobby some days off …,” Manuel said. “I’m not planning to give him too many days off, but I want to give him enough where he’ll stay strong and finish strong.”
Lieber is 7-7 with with a 4.28 career ERA against Florida, but is winless through five starts this season.
Olsen looks to help Florida (6-17) halt its season-worst four game losing streak. He was pulled after five innings of a 7-5 road win over the Chicago Cubs April 26, and did not earn a decision in Florida’s only victory over the past week and a half. Olsen yielded three runs—two earned—in the contest.
The Marlins’ loss Monday—their seventh in eight games—was marred by an inability to hold the lead. Starter Dontrelle Willis gave up eight earned runs, hit three batters and also threw two wild pitches over 7 1-3 innings.
“This isn’t supposed to happen,” Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. “You’re up 5-1 and we’re rolling along. It’s frustrating. It seems like any mistake we make costs us.”
Florida split two games with Philadelphia last month with a third game scheduled for April 22 postponed due to rain.