Perhaps there should be some concern about Zack Wheeler. His velocity was about three or four miles per hour off of where it normally is and his pitches seemed to flatten out as the Marlins collected seven earned runs against him in just three innings Sunday in an 11-3 romp. The win means the Marlins took three of four games in the series and are ahead of the Phillies in NL East.
OFFENSE: Bryce Harper was the story as the reigning NL MVP is officially out of his early season slide. He finished the day just a triple shy of the cycle and drove in two runs in the game, including one on his second home run of the season in the fifth inning… Kyle Schwarber, who has also been slumping hit a solo home run in the eighth for his second home run of the year… Outside of that, the Phillies collected just three hits – all singles – as they lost their fifth game in their last six outings and saw their record fall to 4-6 on the season.
HR: PHI – Harper (2), Schwarber (2); MIA – none
PITCHING: Zack Wheeler just was not himself on Sunday. He allowed eight hits and walked three batters, letting in seven runs in just three innings before giving way to Cristopher Sanchez, who went 3 1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs… Brad Hand threw 2/3 of an inning and Jose Alvarado was touched for one run in one inning in the eighth.
WP: Hernandez (1-1, 4.22), LP: Wheeler (0-2, 9.39), SV: none
PHIL-INS: Simon Muzziotti got another start in center field and went 0-for-3 and was charged with an error on a play where there was some miscommunication between he and Nick Castellanos… Alec Bohm was back on the bench after his big game on Saturday although he did come in to play third with Johan Camargo moving to short… Joe Girardi shook up the lineup with Harper moving from third to second, Nick Castellanos and Rhys Hoskins both moving up a spot and Schwarber dropping to fifth. J.T. Realmuto led off for the second straight game… Jean Segura was back in the lineup, batting sixth. He finished the game 0-for-4.
ON THE AGENDA: The Phils headed for Colorado after the game for a three-game series that will take them up to their first off day of the season on Thursday. Monday night’s game begins at 8:40 and will match righties Aaron Nola (1-1, 6.75) against Chad Kuhl (0-0, 2.08)… Colorado is 6-3 on the year, one game back of first place Los Angeles in the NL West. The Phillies are fourth in NL East, three games back of the Mets and just 1/2 game ahead of last place Washington.