Sánchez solid through 5 innings, but Domínguez falters vs. Fish

Sánchez solid through 5 innings, but Domínguez falters vs. Fish

2:17 AM UTC

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies needed more than Trea Turner’s dad strength on Friday night.

A day after his son Tatum was born, Turner hit a solo home run in the first inning and walked, stole second and scored in the third, but the Phillies blew a two-run lead in the sixth and lost, 3-2, to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

Manager Rob Thomson summoned Seranthony Domínguez from the bullpen to start the sixth, despite left-hander Cristopher Sánchez pitching five scoreless innings and retiring the last five batters he faced. Domínguez allowed a one-out single to Bryan De La Cruz, then a two-out, two-run home run to Jesús Sánchez to tie the game.

Jacob Stallings then hit a solo homer against Matt Strahm in the seventh to give Miami the lead.

There could have been a few reasons why Thomson pulled Sánchez when he did. It was Sánchez’s third time through the lineup, although this season he has been effective facing hitters a third time (a .515 opponents’ OPS), compared to the first (.826) and second times (.653). Sánchez has pitched a career-high 129 2/3 innings this season, including the Minor Leagues. The Phillies have been cognizant of Sánchez’s workload down the stretch. They have talked about Sánchez and right-hander Michael Lorenzen, who also has pitched a career high in innings, piggybacking in future starts to remain effective down the stretch.

But Domínguez has not been himself this season, either. In seasons past, he had nasty swing-and-miss stuff. He has not gotten those same swings this year.

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