Phillies pitching embarrassed by D-Backs for 2nd straight night in 12-3 blowout loss
Phillies pitching gave up 17 hits and allowed double digit runs for the second consecutive night in a 12-3 blowout loss, their third straight overall.
D’backs (61-67) Beat Phillies (72-58)
- Winning Pitcher: Zack Gallen (10-2, 2.53)
- Losing Pitcher: Aaron Nola ( 9-11, 3.43)
In case you haven’t been paying attention the Phillies have now lost 7 straight games to the Diamondbacks.
If you weren’t freaking out after last night’s strange loss that included 13 unanswered runs it would be perfect reasonable to begin that worry now. For the second straight night Phillies pitching was rocked in the early innings of the game.
Aaron Nola was coming off a complete game shutout against the Reds last week, but tonight’s start could not have gone anymore differently. Nola was shelled beginning in the 2nd inning when he allowed three runs on five hits.
After posting a clean 3rd inning, Nola ran in the trouble in the 4th that would end his night prematurely. After giving up a single and hitting Christian Walker, Jake McCarthy stepped to the plate and roped a fastball from Nola 419 feet into the right field bleachers.
When it was all over Nola had given up 8 earned runs on 10 hits in what is his last start in the month of August. It’s also not exactly a comforting sign if you were hoping he would overcome his highly detailed struggles in September.
All four reliever that took the mound following Nola’s exit gave up at least one hit. Sam Coonrod allowed an unearned run in the 5th inning and Nick Maton, taking his turn as a pitcher, allowed three runs on four total hits in the 9th inning when the Phillies had all but conceded the contest.
The lone bright spot for the Phillies offense (even if they were down 9 runs at the time), was Brandon Marsh’s 3-run home shot in the 8th inning. Marsh has been up-and-down in the batters box since being acquired from the Angels at the deadline. Of course, he is primarily in the lineup for his defense in center field, so getting any real production from him would be a huge boom to this already potent lineup.
Altogether the D-Backs tallied 17 hits, a season high. It is also a flat out embarrassing performance considering how the Phillies lost on Monday. Now losers of three straight games, it wont take much more for the fan base to begin asking whether the Phillies will be able to avoid their annual late-season collapse.
One reason to panic is that the San Diego Padres have now pulled back to even in the standing for the 2nd NL wild card spot.
Let’s just say after tonight, people are talking.
No, JT Realmuto?…no worries, Garrett Stubbs is here to gun down Josh Rojas attempting to steal.
Rookie Corbin Carroll continues his early success at the MLB level with an RBI singe past a diving Rhys Hoskins.
Alek Thomas laces an RBI double to the opposite field to score Corbin Carroll all the way from first base. Carroll is one of the fastest guys in the league no doubt.
Geraldo Perdomo drives in a run and is safe at first base after the field error from Rhys Hoskins. Oh boy!
Jake McCarthy blows open this game with a 3-run home run off Aaron Nola in the 4th inning.
Brandon Marsh takes Noe Ramirez deep in the 8th inning for a 3-run home run, his first in a Phillies uniform.
Corbin Carroll just misses his first MLB homer and instead settles for a 2-run triple.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies will look to avoid the series sweep on Wednesday night when they take on the Arizona D’Backs at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Bailey Falter (2-3, 4.41) will toe the rubber facing off against Tommy Henry (3-2, 3.25) with the first pitch scheduled for 9:40 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will carry the broadcast of the game.
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