The Phillies are off to a surprisingly torrid start in Miami, having taken the first two games of this three-game set against the Marlins ahead of the All-Star break. It was a much-needed offensive explosion, with a couple of struggling regulars finally having a breakout game. 

The big story coming into Saturday was the return of left-hander Ranger Suárez from the 15-day IL. He was excellent over 5.0 innings in his return, striking out four and only allowing four hits. Andrew Bellatti, Connor Brogdon, Nick Nelson and the recently activated JoJo Romero pitched one scoreless frame apiece to complete the shutout of the Marlins. 

The Phils’ offense came to life as well, putting up 10 runs after only scoring eight total over their last four games. Each player in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit, with Darick Hall, J.T. Realmuto and Bryson Stott notching a pair each. 

Stott continued his hot hitting, collecting an RBI and scoring a run. Realmuto hit his eighth homer of the year, while Rhys Hoskins and Kyle Schwarber each had a blast of their own. Surprisingly, Didi Gregorius finally tallied his first dinger of the year; his first since in over 200 plate appearances since last September.

It’s a nice two-game winning streak for a Phillies team that’s struggled over the past week. With the Cardinals also winning on Saturday the Phils keep pace at only 0.5 games back of a wildcard spot. Hopefully with another win over the Marlins on Sunday they’ll enter the All-Star break situated in a playoff spot, and come out of the gates hot. 

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