A frustrated Hunter Pence takes his helmet off after popping out to end the 1st inning. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson)
No Giancarlo Stanton? No problem says Miami, who found their power source elsewhere Monday afternoon.
Spoiling the home opener for the Phillies, Miami went into Philadelphia without their most dangerous hitter against one of the division’s premier aces and dominated.
It was Omar Infante who was the unlikely power source in the Marlins 6-2 win.
Infante hit two solo home runs off starter Cole Hamels and reliever Joe Savery, his second and third dingers of the season. Austin Kearns, who was playing in place of Stanton, also homered late in the game off Jonathan Papelbon, who was pitching in relief to get some work in.
Hamels was actually dominant in the game despite giving up four runs. He lasted through 5 1/3 though, nearly reaching the century mark in pitches thrown in the loss, managing to strike out nine in the process.
Jose Reyes and Emelio Bonafacio started the game off with a pair of singles. The two then pulled off a double steal and Reyes scored on a ground out by Gabby Sanchez, who finished with a two-RBI game.
The Phillies got their only two runs in the 7th inning. While trailing 5-0, Freddy Galvis ripped a two-run double into the game in left-center, his first career hit and RBIs in the Majors.
Anibal Sanchez was dominant through 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four.
Sanchez’s performance was just another this season that frustrated the Phillies non-existent offense, which has scored a measly eight runs in 37 innings this season. It is the sole reason the Phils have dropped three straight already.
2B: Galvis (1).
WP: Sanchez (1-0). LP: Hamels (0-1).