After cutting the lead to 5-4 with a Pat Burrell home run in the eighth, the Phils were unable to dig themselves out of the hole starter Brett Myers dug when Jayson Werth was stranded in scoring position in the ninth.
Last night demonstrated one of the reasons why Florida has been leading this division for most of the season. The league-leading team in slugging percentage (.459) mashed at least two Myers mistakes over the fence. Catcher Chris Coste told the Daily News that the third one – the one by Jorge Cantu – wasn’t a bad pitch.
After pitching four straight starts without giving up the long ball, the three home runs surrendered last night put him back on top for the league lead with 18. His last start against Edinson Volquez and the Reds confirmed that he can still miss bats without having the same mustard, just as long as he locates his breaking ball. That didn’t happen last night, although he still fanned five.
Give credit to the Marlins, who also got a good start out of Ricky Nolasco - Florida's version of Tim Redding as a guy the Phillies can't solve. They score a lot of runs and there’s danger lurking around every corner. Even a guy like Cody Ross is trouble. Don’t look now, but Cantu, a non-roster invitee who could be had for $1 in every fantasy league under the sun, has 37 RBIs and hit third in the order last night. Cantu, Mike Jacobs, Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla have combined for 60 home runs.