Our Philadelphia Phillies (35-45) overcame a few miscues and knocked a season high 17 hits to steal the sweep from the Arizona Diamondbacks (36-45), winning 9-8 in ten innings.
The Phillies struck first thanks to a leadoff walk from Odubel Herrera, immediately followed by a two-run blast by Peter Bourjos, whose batting average has risen to .262 after a great road trip. Arizona answered right back though, scoring three runs in the bottom half off Phillies starter Zach Eflin. Eflin left behind in the game, but ended up getting a no decision. His final line– 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R (three earned), 3 K and 0 BB.
Arizona tacked on one more in the 2nd before the Phillies started their comeback. Eflin led off the 5th with a surprising double, and Cody Asche knocked his first of three hits later in the inning with an RBI double to make it 4-3. His second hit came in the 7th, plating another RBI to tie the game, this time with a single.
Things started to look bleak in the bottom half of the inning, as Arizona scored three runs off Severino Gonzalez to make the score 7-4. The good guys bounced right back though, thanks to a huge 8th inning. After loading the bases with one out, Andres Blanco picked up two RBI with a single to cut the lead to one, and Herera reached on a costly error by 3B Jake Lamb which tied the game. Asche picked up his 3rd RBI with a sac fly to give the the Phillies the lead back, 8-7.
The see-saw ride continued in the bottom half as Nick Ahmed scored the tying run on a bizarre play. With a runner on 3rd and two out, Jean Segura hit a slow roller to third. Blanco inexplicably pump-faked a throw to home instead of immediately taking the sure out at first base. The play was ultimately ruled a hit and the earned run was charged to Hector Neris, but in my opinion the blame should all be on Blanco on that one, who was very visibly upset with himself after the play.
Jeanmar Gomez came in to shut down the 8th, and pitched a scoreless 9th as well after a huge defensive play by catcher Cameron Rupp. Arizona had runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out, and Chris Hermann bunted towards the pitcher. The standard play would of course be to throw to first, but Rupp rifled the ball to third to get the lead runner, and a double play by the next batter meant just like that we were heading to extras.
Silvino Bracho and his 7+ ERA took the hill to start the 10th for Arizona, and the Phillies were able to take advantage. Bourjos hustled out an infield single, and Asche’s 3rd hit of the game moved him to third with one out. Tyler Goeddel smoked a ball to right in the next at-bat which was somehow caught by Yasmany Tomas. The sac fly would still turn out to be the winning run though, as Brett Oberholtzer worked around a bunt single in the bottom of the 10th to earn his first major league save and finally end this wild game.
- The 17 hits were a season high for the Phillies.
- You might recall Arizona sweeping four games in Philadelphia earlier this season. The road team ends the season series 7-0.
- It was the first series win in Arizona for the Phillies since 2006.
- Cesar Hernandez finished with four hits on the game. Freddy Galvis had three.
- The Phillies finish the road trip 5-4, their first winning record away from home since going 5-1 against the Brewers and Nationals in late April.
After an off day on Thursday, the Phillies return home for a weekend series with the Kansas City Royals. Jeremy Hellickson (5-6, 4.23 ERA) takes the hill for the home team in game one. He’ll be opposed by Ian Kennedy (6-6, 3.96 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.