PHILADELPHIA — Charles Leblanc has hit at least one hit in every game since his recall to major baseball and extended that streak to nine games in a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. , tuesday.
Zack Wheeler allowed one run in six innings and the Phillies posted a sixth straight victory.
JT Realmuto homered, doubled and drove in two in the win. Jean Segura also sent the ball over the fence for the Phillies, who have won 11 of their last 12 meetings.
JJ Bleday homered for the Marlins, who have lost eight of their last 10 games.
The clash was delayed by 32 minutes before starting and then for 28 minutes in the seventh round. Rain was the cause on both occasions.
Wheeler (11-5) struck out eight batters and allowed five hits. He lowered his ERA to 2.63.
Seranthony Dominguez was perfect in the ninth inning and earned his seventh save of the season.
Harper will remain the hitter of choice
Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will remain the Phillies’ hitter of choice when he returns to the game.
He will therefore not play in the outfield when he recovers from a fractured left thumb.
The injury has kept him sidelined since the end of June.
Harper was doing drills that included relays, hoping to play as an outfielder again this season.
“We’re going to focus on his swings as a hitter instead,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said.
Harper had three rods removed from his left thumb on August 1. He started hitting balls again, but with the help of a ball rest.
The 2021 Nationals Most Valuable Player, Harper hasn’t played since June 25. That day, he was hit by a 97 mph fast from Blake Snell of the San Diego Padres.
The 29-year-old signed a 13-year, $330m deal with the Phillies in 2019.
Harper is batting .318 this season, with 15 homers and 48 batts.