Sweep of DBacks Keeps Phillies Streaking
By Matt Veasey
The Phillies (16-23) white-washed the Arizona DBacks (15-21) on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, 6-0, giving them a sweep of the weekend series. In the process, the Phils extended their winning streak out to 5 games, matching their longest such streak of last season.
Sean O’Sullivan (1-2) was outstanding on the day, allowing just 5 hits and walking 2 over 6 innings. He threw 79 pitches with 52 of those for strikes. Luis Garcia, Ken Giles, and Jeanmar Gomez then each took turns tossing single shutout innings to nail it down.
Josh Collmenter (3-5) seemed to nearly match the Phillies starter, pitching his own 6 innings and allowing 6 hits and 2 walks. But he also allowed a big fly, a couple of other big hits, and the Phils were able to touch him for 4 earned runs. The team then really got to reliever Randall Delgado, scoring 2 more on 4 hits and 2 walks in his inning and a third.
The Phillies offense put solo runs on the board in the 2nd and 4th to take a 2-0 lead over the first half of the contest. In the 2nd, Cesar Hernandez led off with a double, was sacrificed to 3rd, and scored on a sac fly by Cameron Rupp. In the 4th, Darin Ruf drove his 3rd homer of the season to left center for a 2-0 lead.
The Phils then extended their lead as the Maikel Franco show began. With two outs in the bottom of the 6th, Franco followed a Ruf single with his own triple on a blast that barely missed going out to deepest center field. He then scored on a Hernandez double, and the lead was doubled to 4-0.
In the bottom of the 8th, Franco drove the first homerun of his Phillies career out to left center, making it a 5-0 game. Ben Revere singled home Odubel Herrera later in the frame, and the final score of 6-0 was set.
The Phillies boarded a flight shortly after the game, flying out to Denver for a 4-game set with the host Colorado Rockies, beginning a 3-city, 10-game road trip that will also bring them back east to face divisional rivals Washington and New York.
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