Arizona Diamondbacks rout the Philadelphia Phillies to even record
The Arizona Diamondbacks (56-56) nearly set a franchise record for most runs scored in an inning on Tuesday night, as they put up 11 runs in the 2nd on the Philadelphia Phillies (45-69). That inning proved to be much more than what they needed as they took the game 13-1. This marks the second straight day that the Diamondbacks have scored 13 runs, as they have outscored the Phillies 26-4 so far in the series.
Arizona starter Jeremy Hellickson (8-8, 4.73 ERA) had a very nice outing, giving up only one run on seven hits in 8 innings of work. He also struck out 6 and did not walk a batter. Although most of the bats in the lineup for the Phillies are not exactly productive, it was an encouraging outing for Hellickson nonetheless. Phillies’ starter David Buchanan (2-7, 9.00 ERA) had one of the most disastrous outings that you will see for a while, as he pitched 1.2 innings, giving up 11 runs on 11 hits, walking 2 and striking out 1.
Offensively, it was another team effort by the Diamondbacks in this one. Nearly everyone contributed in one way or the other, including the pitcher. Hellickson went 2-3 with 3 RBI, a run scored, and drew a walk. David Peralta (.301/.366/.520) hit a grand slam, finishing the day 2-4 with 5 RBI. Aaron Hill (.225/.294/.339) and Chris Owings (.231/.260/.329) combined for a 5-10 with 4 RBI and a homer. Even Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.181/.289/.336) homered. All of this was done without the sizzling bat of Wellington Castillo, who was given the night off.
A.J. Pollock had a very solid night once again, going 3-5 with a pair of runs scored and his 27th stolen base of the season. Paul Goldschmidt continues to be an on-base machine, as he drew a pair of walks that has raised his on-base percentage to .453.
The Diamondbacks are back at .500 for the first time since being 42-42 on July 8th. Hopefully, this time, they don’t lose 10 out of their next 12. A sweep of the Phillies would have them over .500 for the first time in, well, a long time.
Sports-Kings Reading Between the Seams Contributor Erik LeTendre @erikletendre