What a win it was!
In a game that took three hours and 18 minutes, the Philadelphia Phillies used a season-best 16 hit performance to push eight runs across the board to shut out the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-0.
Centerfielder Odubel Herrera and Rightfielder Peter Bourjos went a combined 7-for-10 with six singles, a double, four runs scored and an RBI. Maikel Franco went 2-for-5 with three huge RBIs, two of which during the rally of a seventh inning.
The scoring started in the sixth when Herrera and Bourjos got on with back-to-back singles. After a Tommy Joseph strikeout (one of four in the game), Franco and Cameron Rupp also hit back-to-back singles to bring the pair in.
Cesar Hernandez started the magical, six hit, six run inning that saw 11 batters go to the plate against three different Diamondbacks pitchers. After Hernandez singled, Cody Asche hit and RBI double to score Hernandez. The Diamondbacks took out starting pitcher Robby Ray to bring Jake Barrett to the hill. He didn’t do much better. Barrett allowed three hits and four runs during his 0.2 innings of work. Before Hernandez came to the plate once more in the inning and blasted a two-RBI single, the Diamondbacks brought in Josh Collmenter. After allowing the hit to Hernandez, he was able to get Asche to pop up to end the inning.
“We are getting good at-bats and we are trusting ourselves,” said Bourjos in a post game interview with Gregg Murphy. “We are not letting the umpire or pitcher dictate the game. We are looking at every at-bat as a new at-bat. Ray was certainly getting pitches in there but nobody put their heads down. We stayed in there and got some big hits.”
Vincent Velasquez threw yet another gem after just one rehab start. CSN Philly’s Ricky Bottalico mentioned during Phillies Post-Game Live that he was happy to see how much Velasquez’s velocity was up. Velasquez faced 19 batters in the contest and threw a 84 pitches, 55 of which were strikes. He went five innings, allowing five hits, no runs or walks while striking out seven.
His relief was just as good. Edubray Ramos, who had just three days of MLB service entering the game, pitched a scoreless two innings, allowing no hits and a walk while striking out three. The pure enjoyment was the fact that Phillies Manager Pete Mackainin allowed Ramos to go to the plate after the team went up 8-0. Ramos walked after taking a few hacks at the ball. Ramos was followed by Hector Neris in the eighth, who pitched in his MLB-leading 40th game, and Severino Gonzalez, who struck out the side, in the ninth. The two went two innings and allowed just two hits and a walk with Gonzalez’s three strikeouts for a game total of 13 by Phillies pitchers.
There wasn’t much of a bright spot in the game for the D-Backs, who mustered just seven hits and went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. The team also lost it’s 48 game streak of a two or more base hit.
To make matters worse, Jean Segura was thrown out at first thanks to a heads up play and an outfield assist from Herrera while Former Phillies outfielder Michael Bourn was caught stealing by Rupp in the sixth.
It was a tough loss for the Diamondbacks in front of a crowd of 22,567.
Post Game Fun:
The Phillies now have a 17-22 Away Record. This is the first time in two months that Velasquez hasn’t allowed a single walk.
Entering Monday, In 36 game at home, Franco has hit .187/.220/.291 in the past three months with three home runs, 30 strikeouts and six walks. On the road before Monday, Franco has hit .297/.380/.570 in 35 games with nine home runs, 24 strikeouts and 17 walks.
The Phillies had six runs in the seventh inning which is more than they’ve had in 65 games and the six hits the team had in the seventh was more then they’ve had in 19 games. The last time the team had seven or more runs four times on the same road trip was the last week of 2010.
There are three catchers with a better slugging percentage than Rupp, who stands at .478. Rupp leads Buster Posey. Rupp also has 22 extra-base hits, which is ranked fifth in the league. The four guys ahead of him have between 56-94 more at-bats.
Bourjos is hitting .423 (22-52) in the month of June.
The Phillies and D-Backs will square off again on Tuesday at 9:30. It will be Jerad Eickhoff (5-9, 3.36 ERA) vs Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.61 ERA). In 91 innings this year, Eickhoff has allowed 88 hits and 21 walks while striking outs 17. In the past three games, Eickhoff is 2-1 in 17.2 innings. He has allowed 17 hits, four earned runs, six walks and earned 15 strikeouts compared to the last seven games where he is 4-3 with a 2.23 ERA in 44.1 innings. He has allowed 40 hits, 11 earned runs, 11 walks while adding 37 strikeouts.
His opponent on the hill has allowed 102 hits and 21 walks while striking out 89 in 107.1 innings of work this season. In the past three games, Greinke is 2-0 in 20.2 innings, allowing 17 hits, six earned runs, five walks while strikeout 16. In the past seven games, he is 6-0 with a 1.95 ERA in 50.2 innings of work, allowing 35 hits, 11 earned runs, nine walks while striking out 38.
I will be along to recap the game when the clock strikes midnight for the teams.