Phillies Swept By Diamondbacks; Lose Six Straight

The month of June has not been kind to the Philadelphia Phillies.  The Phillies lost the first three games in the four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park this weekend.  They have lost six straight and are 1-10 in their last 11 games.

Friday night’s matchup saw Adam Morgan (1-6; 6.49 ERA) on the mound against the Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray (4-5; 4.44 ERA).  Morgan was hit around, surrendering 10 hits and seven runs (four earned) over 4.1 innings pitched.  The Phillies fielded poorly behind Morgan.  The Phillies committed three errors in a very sloppy game.  The only offense the Phillies showed came in the first inning as Cameron Rupp hit a two-run triple.  Those would be the only two runs scored for the Phillies as they were blown out, 10-2.

Saturday was a much closer affair at Citizens Bank Park.  With Jerad Eickhoff (4-9; 3.49 ERA) starting for the Phillies, his club quickly gave him a 1-0 lead.  Odubel Herrera hit his seventh home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning.  Unfortunately just as the night before, that would be the only offense the Phillies could stir up throughout the ballgame.  Arizona’s Zack Greinke (10-3; 3.54 ERA) pitched a brilliant eight innings of baseball, only giving up three hits and the lone run in the first inning.  Eickhoff matched Greinke pitch for pitch until the fifth inning when he surrendered home runs to both Nick Ahmed and Paul Goldschmidt.  With the game 3-1 in the seventh inning, the Diamondbacks added an insurance run with a home run off of the bat of Jake Lamb.  The Phillies fell to Arizona, 4-1.

The Phillies sent Zach Efflin (0-2; 10.80 ERA) to the mound for his first start at home.  While Efflin pitched a respectable 5.2 innings while only giving up two earned runs, it was the Phillies bats that would continue to be quiet.  The only run the Phillies were able to produce this game came when Tommy Joseph hit into a double play for a RBI in the bottom of the sixth inning.  The Diamondbacks’ were able to tack on two more runs off of the Phillies bullpen, winning the game 5-1.

The final game of the four-game series comes tomorrow afternoon at 1:05pm.  The Phillies send Jeremy Hellickson (4-5; 4.46 ERA) to the mound to avoid the sweep against D-Backs’ Shelby Miller (1-6; 7.09 ERA).

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