The Phillies’ (30-38) pitching staff started off the year looking like one of the most underrated staffs in all of baseball. But the Phillies’ pitching staff has struggled over the last month, and over the last four games opposing hitters have had a field day, as Phillies pitching has allowed 17 home runs. The Diamondbacks (30-39) hit 6 home runs tonight on their way to a 10-2 blowout victory over the Phils.

The Phillies offense has struggled to score runs all season, and the last few games have been no different. The Phillies haven’t scored more than 3 runs since Sunday and tonight was no different. The Phillies were only able to score 2 runs for the 3rd consecutive tonight, except tonight the Phils jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the 1st inning. Cameron Rupp was the only Phillie to record multiple hits tonight, and his two RBI double brought in the only two runs tonight for the Phils. The Dbacks would go on to score 10 unanswered runs. Leading the way for Arizona was Yasmany Tomas, who hit two solo home runs, and Paul Goldschmidt, who recorded three hits and scored two runs. Jake Lamb also recorded three hits tonight for the Diamondbacks.

Phillies starter Adam Morgan had been improving from his rocky start to the season over his last few starts, but Morgan was hit around again tonight as he suffered his sixth loss of the season, falling to 1-6 on the year with an ERA of 6.49. Morgan only managed to make it through 4 and 1/3 innings tonight, allowing 7 runs (4 earned) on 10 hits (3 home runs). Recently recalled Severino Gonzalez made his season debut tonight, pitching an inning and 2/3 of scoreless relief for the Phils tonight. Elvis Araujo also struggled tonight, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits in his 2 innings of relief. Dbacks starter Robbie Ray pitched 6 solid innings tonight, as he allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and a walk while earning the win. Ray improves to 4-5 on the year with an ERA of 4.44 thanks to tonight’s victory. Andrew Chafin, Zack Godley, and Randall Delgado all provided a scoreless inning of relief tonight for Arizona.

The Phillies and Diamondbacks will be back at it tomorrow afternoon at 3:05 for the second game of this three game weekend series. Jerad Eickhoff (4-8, 3.40 ERA) will get the ball tomorrow for the Phillies against Arizona’s high paid ace Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.75 ERA). Eickhoff will look to keep his run of solid starts going as he looks to put an end to the home run barrage by opposing teams.

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Tyler King

Freshman journalism major at Penn State University. Mainly covering the Phillies, doing game recaps and other columns. Also contributing articles about the Sixers.

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