While you were sleeping: Phillies allow 13 unanswered runs in 13-7 loss to D’backs
After jumping out to a 7-0 lead through the first 3 innings, the Phillies imploded, allowing 13 unanswered runs and dropping the series opener to the D’Backs in painful fashion 13-7.
D’backs (60-67) Beat Phillies (72-57)
- Winning Pitcher: Luis Frias (1-0, 7.59)
- Losing Pitcher: Cristopher Sanchez (2-2, 5.34)
What started out as a dream quickly morphed into a nightmare Monday night in Phoenix. In the end, it goes down as the largest comeback victory in D’Backs team history.
The Phillies entered the 4th inning with a 7-0 lead after completely eviscerating D’Backs starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner. The former WS MVP allowed 7 runs on 11 hits, including a 3-run home run in the 4th inning to Kyle Schwarber.
It was all smiles in the Phillies dugout and Ranger Suarez appeared to be cruising, having completed 3 1/3 innings without allowing a single hit to a seemingly disinterested D’backs lineup. The sequence for the next six batters Suarez faced goes as follows…
single, single, double, single, strike out, single (Segura error), walk, double
It unraveled so fast for Suarez that Rob Thompson was a bit slow to get Cristopher Sanchez up in the bullpen. You could argue that Ranger should have been pulled well before he allowed a 3-RBI double with the bases loaded to Carson Kelly.
After relieving Suarez, Cristopher Sanchez forced Miguel Rojas into a ground out to end the inning. It was the first time since August 2019 that the Phillies allowed 7 or more runs in a single inning. For Sanchez, it would go down as the only positive moment of his night. In the 5th inning he couldn’t manage to throw a single strike and in an attempt to top Ranger, produced his own unbelievable sequence..
Double, walk, walk, strike out, hit-by-pitch, double
And just like that, before you could even breathe D’backs had taken the lead at 9-7. Once again, Rob Thompson was slow to get Andrew Bellatti going in the bullpen and we were forced to watch Sanchez throw only 15 strikes in 30 total pitches.
Speaking of Bellatti, he didn’t fare much better than either Suarez or Sanchez. He allowed a single and walked three batters, allowing 3 additional runs to score before striking out Emmanuel Rivera to end the inning.
It was the first time the Phillies have allowed six or more runs in back-to-back innings since 1997.
Altogether the D’backs sent a total of 22 batters to the plate in the 4th and 5th innings, scoring a totaly of 12 unanswered runs. Before it was all over, Arizona would add one more run in the 8th inning to make it 13 unanswered.
It’s always just one loss, but tonight’s game seems extra painful. Hopefully Aaron Nola will take the mound tomorrow night with a similar result to his last start, a complete game shutout over the Reds.
Bryce Harper hits a liner to right field that rookie Corbin Carroll is unable to handle allowing it to roll all the way to the fence.
Arizona shortstop Perdomo is unable to handle the ground ball off the bat of JT Realmuto allowing a second run to score in the 1st inning.
Kyle Schwarber laces an RBI single off Bumgarner in the 2nd inning to add to the Phils early lead.
Alec Bohm absolutely crushes a baseball off the center field fence and is forced to settle for a double. JT Realmuto would knock in Bohm with a sac-fly a couple batters later.
Kyle Schwarber crushes his 33rd home run of the season, a 3-run shot off Madison Bumgarner to break open the game for the Phils.
Jean Segura is unable to handle a ground ball with the speedy Carroll racing toward first base. That error would prove to be huge.
Carson Kelly clears the bases with a 3-RBI double down the right field line. That’s all she wrote for Ranger Suarez tonight.
Corbin Carroll, making his MLB debut gets his first career hit 1st, giving the D’backs their first lead. ofthe night.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies will look to bounce back from Monday’s loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second game of a three game series at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Aaron Nola (9-10, 3.08) will toe the rubber facing off against Zack Gallen (9-2, 2.66) with the first pitch scheduled for 9:40 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will carry the broadcast of the game.
Mandatory Photo Credit: The Morning Times