After Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory, the Phillies’ offense came alive on Wednesday, crushing three homers in a 6-1 romp of the Marlins. Bryce Harper opened things up with a solo shot, and J.T. Realmuto went on to slam two of his own, while Kyle Gibson cruised to a victory. It’s another statement win over the Fish, and the Phils are now set up for a potential series sweep on Thursday night.
Gibson ran into a bit of trouble in the bottom of the first, as a JJ Bleday two-out single drove in Brian Anderson to give the Fish an early lead. However, it was all Gibson from there, and he finished the night with 6.0 strong innings of one-run ball, surrendering six hits and no walks and punching out seven. Brad Hand worked around two hits in a scoreless seventh, and the returning Zach Eflin tossed a perfect frame, as did Connor Brogdon.
As for the Phillies’ scoring, Harper got the engine turning with a solo shot in the top of the sixth, and Realmuto went back-to-back with a dinger of his own. A two-out single from Bryson Stott led to Jean Segura driving him home with a double to make it a 3-1 game. The Phils were right back at it in the seventh, as Realmuto drove in Kyle Schwarber and Harper with a three-run blast to put the nail in the coffin.
Wednesday’s statement game over the hapless Fish further cements the Phillies’ status as a team to be reckoned with come October. Now sitting at 80-62 on the year, the Phillies look to be firing on all cylinders with 20 contests left in the regular season.