Nothing has been working for the Phillies’ offense. Absolutely nothing. And today was exactly the same. The Phillies pitching gave up a few early runs on the offense failed once again to put up more than 3 runs. It has now been over a week since the Phillies did that, and unsurprisingly the team is 1-7 since. With today’s 3-1 loss to the Diamondbacks (33-39), the Phillies (30-41) were not only swept in their four game series against Arizona, but also in their 6 game homestand. The last time the Phillies failed to win a game in a homestand of 6+ games was in 1964, when the team played at Connie Mack Stadium. This Phillies team has had its highs and lows this season, but the team has officially reached a new level of low.
The Phillies’ hitting was slightly better in today’s game from the previous two games, as they doubled their hit total from yesterday’s game, albeit improving from 3 hits to 6 hits. The Phillies scored 1 run again today, making it three straight games putting up one run. Tyler Goeddel drove in the only run today with an RBI double in the 3rd inning. The Diamondbacks got all the runs they needed in the 1st inning, as they scored 3 runs off an RBI single by Phil Gosselin and a two run home run by Jake Lamb. With today’s 3-1 victory, the Diamondbacks outscored the Phillies 22-5 in the series sweep.
Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson allowed 3 runs in the 1st inning this afternoon, but rallied to have a solid outing, allowing just the 3 runs on 6 hits in 7 innings. Hellickson’s solid outing still got him a loss (thanks to more lack of run support) as he drops to 4-6 with a 4.41 ERA on the year. Hector Neris has been struggling mightily out of the Phillies bullpen of late, but he pitched two very strong innings today for the Phillies, allowing no runs on just one hit. Dbacks starter Shelby Miller has struggled this season after being acquired in the offseason, but the Phillies offense has been worse. Miller earned just his second win of the season today, as he pitched 6 and 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on 5 hits and a walk. With the win today, Miller now sits at 2-6 on the year with an ERA of 6.36. Arizona closer Brad Ziegler allowed just one hit in a scoreless 9th inning today as he picks up his 15th save of the season.
For once, the Phillies may be happy to leave town as Citizens Bank Park has done the team no good over the past 6 games. The Phillies will travel to Minnesota tonight for a 3 game series against the Twins (21-48). The first game of the series will be tomorrow night at 8:10 p.m. Phillies starter Aaron Nola (5-6, 3.51 ERA) will take on Twins starter Tyler Duffey (2-6, 5.56 ERA) in the first game of a series between two teams that have really struggled this season.
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