Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/24/13
The final weekend of the 2013 season will see the Phillies a team that left spring training six months ago with the hopes of being a contender built around starting pitching sending journeyman Zach Miner and an unnamed member of their bullpen to the mound at Turner Field. From Roy Halladay and John Lannan’s respective surgically repaired body parts to the inconsistency of Kyle Kendrick the five-man rotation the Phils assembled last winter didn’t even stay together for a month. For the second straight turn in the rotation Miner handled his starting chore with ease against the sad-sack Miami Marlins limiting the home team to one run one four hits in four innings of the Phillies 2-1 win on Tuesday night. Miner a 31-year-old righthander who was once taken one pick after Cliff Lee in the 2001 draft has a 3.08 ERA in 15 games with the Phillies this season. Miner has a 2.53 ERA in 12 games since allowing three runs on four hits and a walk in a disastrous 1/3 of an inning on Aug. 10 in Washington. Miner may not be a part of the Phillies plans in 2014 but he did his part on Tuesday to help put a stop to his team’s five-game losing streak. After the Phillies scored twice in their first at-bat Miner sent Miami down in order in the bottom of the first inning. One day removed from Roy Halladay handing the ball over after recording just one out Miner gave the bullpen a bit of a breather in pitching four innings. It was the most he’s pitched in a game since going five innings in his final start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley two months earlier.
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