The Phillies have had a week to forget, and it’s finally over. The Phillies failed to score more than 3 runs in a game all week and ended up going 1-6. The week has thankfully concluded after today’s 5-1 loss to the Diamondbacks as the Phillies yet again struggled to do ANYTHING on offense. Today’s loss gives the Dbacks their 3rd consecutive win against the Phils in which the Phillies managed to score only 4 runs in these 3 games.
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has tried just about everything as far as switching up the lineup over the last few games. Unfortuantely, Mackanin’s efforts have been unsuccessful as there has been absolutely nothing to talk about all week when it comes to the offense, and the same was true today. The Phillies only managed to score one run on a ground ball by Tommy Joseph that resulted in a double play. The Phillies were shut down again by opposing pitching as they only recorded three hits this afternoon. The Dbacks continued to hit the ball well again today as they recorded 10 hits as a team on the way to 5 runs. Arizona third baseman Jake Lamb led the way again for team as he went 2 for 5 with a double, a triple, and 2 runs batted in.
Phillies rookie Zach Eflin bounced back today after his less than memorable debut against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Eflin made it through 5 and 2/3 innings today, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk in what was a much improved outing by the Phils’ young starter. Eflin unfortunately received zero run support and suffered his second loss as he drops to 0-2 with an ERA of 10.80. David Hernandez and Andrew Bailey struggled out of the bullpen this afternoon as the combo combined to give up 5 runs in 2 and 2/3 innings of relief. Arizona starter Archie Bradley pitched 6 very strong innings this afternoon as he allowed only one unearned run on 3 hits and 2 walks. Bradley earned the win in today’s game as he improves to 3-3 with a 4.83 ERA.
The Phillies will be back at it again tomorrow for the final game of this four game series against the Diamondbacks. Tomrrow’s game is scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m. Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson (4-5, 4.46 ERA) is slated to start against Arizona starter Shelby Miller (1-6, 7.09 ERA). The Phillies will look to get out of this seemingly month long struggles and start this new week off on a positive note.
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