Bullpen blows it, Phillies fall to Diamondbacks


Jul 25, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo (59) pitches during the sixth inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies came into Saturday night’s game in hopes of of extending their two-game winning streak to three, but once again, the bullpen could not come through late in the game. The Phillies fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 10-6, despite a 17-hit game.

Arizona got on the board first, after Mark Trumbo singled to center, scoring Aaron Hill in the top of the 1st inning.

The Phillies came back though, and their offense immediately came alive. In the bottom of the 2nd, Cody Asche hit a 2-run shot, Jimmy Rollins hit a double that scored Cliff Lee, and Chase Utley singled to right that brought Grady Sizemore home.

In the top of the 3rd, Martin Prado hit a solo home run to left. The Phils tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the 3rd, after Marlon Byrd hit a solo shot, and Lee singled to center, scoring Carlos Ruiz. Philadelphia had the 6-2 lead at that point, but it wasn’t long until the Diamondbacks closed the gap.

In the top of the 4th, Prado hit a single to center and scored Nick Ahmed. And then in the top of the 6th, Prado doubled to center which brought Ender Inciarte and Tuffy Gosewisch home. It was then a 6-6 ball game. In the top of the 10th, Prado hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Inciarte, and then Nick Evans hit a 3-run blast.

After a rough outing vs the San Francisco Giants, fans were expecting a bounce back performance from starter Cliff Lee. But Lee just managed five innings and allowed 9 hits on 3 runs.

Justin De Fratus came in to relieve Lee for just one inning, and it wasn’t pretty. De Fratus allowed two hits on two runs. Next up with Mario Hollands, who pitched 0.2 innings and gave up two hits on one run. Then Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon came in to pitch; Giles for 1.1 innings, and Papelbon for 1 inning. Then the disaster got even worse. Antonio Bastardo allowed 3 hits on 4 runs in just one inning, harming his trade value once again.

Next up, the Phillies take on the Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon hoping to win the series, as Roberto Hernandez faces off against Vidal Nuno.