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Miami Marlins unable to overcome early deficit, suffer Game 1 defeat against Philadelphia Phillies

The Miami Marlins face the possibility of their magical season ending after losing Game 1 of the wild card series against the Philadelphia Phillies. They must now win back-to-back games to advance, a difficult task as no road team has won a wild card series after losing Game 1 in the best-of-3 format. However, the Marlins have defied the odds all year and will need to improve their offensive approach against the Phillies' Game 2 starter to have a chance.

The Miami Marlins were completely outmatched by Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler in Game 1 of their National League wild card series. The Marlins suffered a 4-1 loss, putting their magical season in jeopardy. To advance to the National League Division Series, Miami now needs to win two consecutive games against Philadelphia. However, history is not on their side, as no road team has ever won a wild card series in the best-of-3 format after losing Game 1.

Despite the odds stacked against them, the Marlins have defied expectations throughout the season. They have managed 41 comeback wins, the second-most in MLB, and made it to the playoffs despite having just a 23.6 percent chance of reaching the postseason, according to Fangraphs. But if they want to stay alive in the playoffs, they will need to improve their performance, starting with their approach against Phillies Game 2 starter Aaron Nola.

In Game 1, the Marlins struggled to generate offense against Wheeler, managing only two hits in the first six innings. They finally got to Wheeler in the seventh inning, scoring their only run of the game. However, their rally attempt fell short, and the Phillies bullpen shut them down for the rest of the game.

The Marlins' key hitters, Jorge Soler and Jazz Chisholm Jr., had a rough game, going a combined 0 for 8 with five strikeouts. Luis Arraez, who was playing despite an ankle injury, managed to get a single but was clearly not at full strength. Josh Bell was the lone bright spot for the Marlins, collecting three hits, including a leadoff double in the ninth inning.

On the pitching side, Marlins left-hander Jesus Luzardo had a tough outing, giving up three runs on eight hits in just four innings. He struggled with control, throwing two wild pitches and needing 90 pitches to get through his abbreviated start. The Marlins' bullpen did a decent job of keeping the game close, with A.J. Puk, George Soriano, Husacar Brazoban, and Steven Okert combining for three shutout innings.

Now, the Marlins find themselves in a familiar position. Throughout the season, they have had to rally from deficits to keep their season alive. They will need to summon that same resilience if they want to continue their magical run in the playoffs.

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