The Phillies (30-40) failed to score more than one run in this afternoon’s ballgame as they haven’t scored more than three runs in a game since last Sunday’s walkoff defeat in Washington. The Phillies jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first, but that would be all the runs they would score. The Diamondbacks (31-39) used the long ball to score four unanswered runs (all coming from homers) to drop the Phillies by a final score of 4-1.

The Phillies offense only managed to record four measly hits in today’s game, and the only meaningful coming off the bat of Odubel Herrera in the bottom of the 1st inning. Herrera’s solo home run, his 7th of the season, gave the Phillies the early 1-0 lead, but the rest of the team would do nothing to add to it. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin made some changes to the lineup today looking to spark the team that has been one of the worst hitting teams in recent memory. The lineup changes didn’t help the team as they yet again failed to make opposing pitching work hard. The Diamondbacks recorded 11 hits today as a team, with Nick Ahmed (the 9 hitter) providing three hits, including a solo home run to tie the game in the 5th. Dbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt’s two run homer in the 5th provided the go ahead runs in this ball game. Goldschmidt’s homer was his 14th of the year and it capped off the Dbacks five run 5th inning.

Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff got off to a solid start in today’s game, as he worked through the first 4 innings without allowing a run. Eickhoff worked through the jams he needed to in those first 4 innings, but everything fell apart for Eickhoff in the 5th. He allowed a solo home run to Ahmed, and then a two run homer to Goldschmidt on an 0-2 count. Eickhoff didn’t make it through 6 innings, as he went 5 and 2/3, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits and a walk. Eickhoff suffered the loss today, dropping him to 4-9 on the year with an ERA of 3.49. Severino Gonzalez appeared in his second straight game after being recalled, but he served up a solo home run to Jake Lamb in his 2 innings of relief. Dbacks starter Zack Greinke has been having a down year after last year’s outstanding season, but he went 8 strong innings this afternoon, allowing only 1 run on 3 hits and a walk. Greinke earned the win today, giving him a 10-3 record on the year with an ERA of 3.54. Dbacks closer Brad Ziegler pitched a scoreless bottom of the 9th inning on the way to earning his 14th save of the season.

The Phillies and Diamondbacks will be back at it tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 for the series finale. Phillies rookie Zach Eflin (0-1, 27.00 ERA) will look to bounce back from his rough debut against Dbacks starter Archie Bradley (2-3, 5.66 ERA). Eflin will look to help the Phillies avoid the sweep and hopefully get enough run support to feel comfortable on the mound.

Photo by Keith Allison (via Wikimedia Commons)

 

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