Miami Marlins

Early season slump continues as Marlins fall to Phillies

Marlins pitcher Dan Haren slumps on the mound after giving up a two-run homer to Freddy Galvis in the second inning of Tuesday’s game.
Marlins pitcher Dan Haren slumps on the mound after giving up a two-run homer to Freddy Galvis in the second inning of Tuesday’s game. AP

Some members of the Marlins spent Monday’s day off touring the Eastern State Penitentiary, a former prison that is dark, daunting and downright terrifying.

The Marlins, at the moment, are every bit as frightening.

Frighteningly bad.

They suffered their fifth consecutive loss Tuesday to a Philadelphia Phillies team that is widely regarded to be one of the worst teams — if not the worst — in the majors.

But the Marlins are making even bad teams look good these days, and Tuesday’s 7-3 setback at Citizens Bank Park was yet another example of how bad things are going for them.

Dan Haren gave up home runs to Freddy Galvis and Ryan Howard — the first homers of the year for both players — and the Phillies broke it open with a three-run seventh off reliever Mike Dunn.

“All the runs I’ve given up this year have been on home runs,” Haren said. “So I’ve got to try to minimize those. It’s been a problem for me. I usually get away with solo homers.”

The Marlins have the worst ERA in the majors, and it didn’t improve any with the latest poor showing by their beleaguered pitching corps. Making matters even worse: the Phillies aren’t exactly an offensive force.

Their .212 team batting average entering Tuesday ranked 27th in the majors. Their six total home runs exceeded only one other team.

As if the Marlins could endure any more bad news, Christian Yelich was scratched from the lineup shortly after batting practice with lower-back tightness, which caused him to miss two games last week.

This time, it looks like he could be out longer.

“I was doing everything I usually do in [batting practice], and it kind of grabbed on me again,” Yelich said. “I really don’t know why it keeps happening.”

Yelich said he doubts he’ll play the remaining two games of the series in Philadelphia, if not longer. There’s a good chance he could go on the disabled list.

“It’s one of those things that keeps coming up,” Yelich said. “I don’t really know why. Nobody really knows why now. It’s more locked up now than it was last week.”

With speculation mounting with every loss that manager Mike Redmond’s job is in jeopardy, the Marlins can hardly afford to leave Philadelphia with another series loss.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria sat in the row directly behind his team’s dugout Tuesday, witnessing yet another defeat by a team that many pegged as a playoff contender before the season started.

What he saw likely didn’t please him.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his third home run, a 453-foot shot to center that landed in the Marlins’ bullpen. But Stanton’s power hasn’t propelled the Marlins to victory. They’ve lost all three games in which he has gone deep.

The Marlins took a 3-2 lead into the sixth when Howard connected on a two-out, two-run homer to center that just got over Marcell Ozuna’s outstretched glove.

“Anytime you have a lead and lose it late, it can take the wind out of your sails,” Redmond said.

After Dunn took over in the seventh, the Phillies widened their lead despite another astonishing play by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. Unfortunately for the Marlins, Hechavarria’s throw to first after making the diving backhand stop was a one-hopper that Michael Morse was unable to hang on to.

Ben Revere followed immediately with a two-run triple before scoring on Chase Utley’s sacrifice fly.

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