MIAMI – J.T. Realmuto heard polite applause as he entered the box early Monday night at Marlins Park. A short highlighted video played on the dashboard in the central field.
It was not really the return of Bryce Harper to Nationals Park. But again,
It was not exactly
The Phillies were expecting to win and erase the bitter taste of their mouths after the heavy defeats on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. After spending the day on Thursday in Miami, the Phillies regrouped and beat the former Realmuto team in a 9-1 victory.
Jake Arrieta, the Phillies right-winger. He allowed a run in seven innings, eliminating eight and walking one. He had 10 swings and missed.
But the Phillies offensive has also intensified. The Phillies had six hits in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead. They scored another run in the fifth and Andrew McCutchen crashed a three-point homer in the eighth. The eight players in the Phillies' starting position had at least one hit, including four multiple attempts.
Todd Zolecki has been covering the Phillies since 2003 and MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.