The Philadelphia Phillies coming off an emotional Alumni Weekend, when they finished off a four game sweep of the Miami Marlins, started their quick road trip visiting the then first place in the NL West, Arizona Diamondbacks (63-51). Arizona has not been the friendliest of ballparks for the Phils going 32-37 all time, and 1-3 there last season.
To put it nicely, the Phils did not make that record any better, losing two out of three.
Game 1: Extra Inning Phillies Phail
Like many extra inning games there was no scoring for long stretches.
In this one Jake Arrieta (9-6, 3.11 ERA) did all he could for eight excellent innings giving up only 3H,4K, 2BB, and no runs, on 110P – 69 for strikes.
His offense did give him a 2 run lead in the 7th. With one out, the emerging Asdrubal Cabrera singled. Odubel Herrera knocked him in with his 3rd 3B of the season, and he then would score on a sac fly by Jorge Alfaro. Those would be the only runs given up by Diamondbacks starter RHP Zack Godley (12-6, 4.35) in 7.1 innings.
Unfortunately that lead did not last long, nor did Seranthony Dominguez.
In only .1 inning he gave up a HR to the white hot David Peralta (18), a 2B, and a single to tie the game for his 3rd BS of the season.
4 pitchers for each team later, Arizona finally ended the game on a one out HR by – you guessed it – Peralta (19) off of Austin Davis (1-2, 3.74).
RHP Yoshihisa Hirano earned the W with 2 perfect innings.
Game 2: bounceback Kids do it again
As they have so often this season, the Phillies refused to let a tough loss get them down.
It was another game of very good pill tossing by each team’s starters as the Phillies would score the only run in the first seven innings on a Nick Williams HR (16) off of RHP Zack Greinke (12-7, 2.89).
That would be enough runs though to stick him with a L, and give Nick Pivetta (7-9, 4.51), 6In, 5H. oR, 6K, 1BB, 96P – 63 for strikes – a W, because the Phils would put this game away in the 8th.
The inning started with one of the more interesting ways to score in MLB, a BB, 2E “Little League HR” by Cesar Hernandez.
After two BB sandwiched a single, the aforementioned Cabrera continued to show why the Phillies FO brought him here as his 25th 2B of the season plated two to make it 5-0 heading into the bottom of the 8th. More on Asdrubal below.
Arizona would get two back off of Aaron Loup who could only get one out before putting two men on, and Victor Arano who would let them score before inducing a DP to end the rally.
Pat Neshek would pitch a perfect 9th to earn his second S of the season. Garcia got an H (12) for a scoreless 7th.
Game 3:No O
The Phils ran into a buzz saw in LHP Patrick Corbin (9-4, 3.15), who was averaging 9Ks a game in his last three outings. He matched that again this game going 7.1 baffling innings, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 103P – 38 for strikes.
Vince Velasquez (8-9, 3.98) on the other hand, also pretty good his last 5 outings, 3-0 – one of those wins came in an extra inning, one inning outing – 2 ER, was not so good. He gave up 4R, in just 4In, 6H, 2K, 2BB, 0HR, 79P – 47 for strikes. It was the three run 3rd that was his real undoing. A 2B to Jon Jay (16), followed by a HBP of Paul Goldschmidt. Here came that Peralta kid again to knock them both in with his fifth 3B of the season. One out later a sac fly made the score 3-0.
Peralta was especially hot this series, 4-5 in this game, 10-16 the last three games – most hits by any player in a series against the Phillies this season.
The D-Backs would tack on another run the next inning on two singles and a sacrifice DP. They added two more in the 7th to make it 6-0.
It would not matter, as the Phillies could not get anybody across the plate, no matter who was on the mound.
Even though they only got four hits on Wednesday, one of them was a 2B by Roman Quinn (3), which kept the streak of games with an XBH alive at 107.
As noted above Cabrera is really starting to come around. From 8/4 – 8/7 in 14 AB he had 6H, 13TB, 3R, 1 2B, 2HR, 6RBI, only striking out twice.
Or as NBCS’ Corey Seidman tweeted:
Phillies finish the trip a bit farther west at the San Diego Padres (46-71, Last Place NL West) where they have a much better record of 127-111, but got swept there in mid August of last year.
This could be an early pivotal weekend for the NL East and NL Central before the teams start facing each other again more in August and September as the Washington Natinals visit the Chicago Cubs, and the Atlanta Braves host the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs are two games ahead of the Brewers. Our Seamus Killeen will wrap that all up for you on Monday.
Philadelphia Phillies @ San Diego Padres
Friday, August 10, 10:10 PM ET , Petco Park
Jacob Nix, RHP
Saturday, August 11, 8:40 PM ET , Petco Park
Walker Lockett, RHP
Sunday, August 12, 3:40 PM ET , Petco Park
Joey Lucchesi, LHP
On a personal note this writer is leaving for a much needed vacation, from my real life job especially. I am on the road next Thursday and Friday towards our eventual destination of Machias Maine and the annual blueberry festival, followed by a hopefully restorative week on the Maine coasts of Rogue Bluffs.
It will be a challenge especially to finish next week’s post on a Thursday as I normally do, so it may be delayed until later in the weekend, or early Monday, or not at all depending on the promised WiFi at our various home bases. I should be able to do the week after, and may do some smaller posts during the week based on how much of the games I will get to see. I also will be tweeting most nights during the games – again WiFi willing – but will be a bit on delay as I will be watching the “live” stream which is always behind.
I will take this opportunity to once again thank the people at PattisonAve.Com for enabling my scribblings and the followers I have that actually read my posts.