Phillies drop second straight to the D-Backs 4-3 as the offense continues to struggle in big moments
The Philadelphia Phillies their second straight game to the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3.
Matt Strahm got the start for the Phillies in a ‘bullpen game’ and threw two innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs while striking out three.
In the top of the second inning, the D-Backs struck first after Gabriel Moreno hit two-run home run off Strahm to give Arizona an early 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the second inning, the Phillies cut the D-Backs’ lead in half thanks to a double by Kody Clemens that scored JT Realmuto.
Kody Clemens RBI Double
Clemens, who joined the Phillies in the trade that sent Matt Vierling and Nick Mason to Detroit in return for Gregory Soto has been on fire lately for the Phillies. Over his last 15 games, he’s batting .293 with four home runs and 10 RBI. Yes, that is only one RBI fewer than Trea Turner, who continues to struggle in his debut season with the Phillies.
Speaking of Phillies debuts, newly acquired Dylan Covey relieved Matt Strahm and all things considered, pitched pretty well. The only run that he allowed was on a Ketel Marie triple in the top of the third inning that scored Geraldo Perdomo to give the D-Backs a 3-1 lead.
Covey finished his night tossing five innings and allowing five hits and one earned run while striking out six. After Kody Clemens grounded into a force out in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Bryce Harper, Alec Bohm singled on a ground ball to center field that scored Nick Castellanos, which tied the ball game at 3-3.
Unfortunately, the D-Backs answered right back in the top of the eighth inning after Corbin Carroll singled on a line drive to left field to score Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
With that, Seranthony Dominguez took the loss on the night, allowing the go-ahead run and coughing up two hits and a walk in the top of the eighth.
Pretty miserable night for the Phillies at the plate yet again. They managed to get just six hits, with Bryson Stott and Trea Turner going a combined 0-for-8 atop of the lineup.
Phillies Struggles at the Plate Continue…
- Bryson Stott: 0-4
- Trea Turner: 0-4
- Bryce Harper: 2-4
- Nick Castellanos: 1-3
- Kyle Schwarber: 0-4
- JT Realmuto: 1-3
- Kody Clemens: 1-4, 2 RBI
- Edmundo Sosa: 0-2
- Alec Bohm: 1-2, RBI
- Dalton Guthrie: 0-3
I’m sorry, but when you have a bullpen game because you literally do not have a fifth starter, last night was a game the Phillies needed to win.
Unfortunately that didn’t happen and the result was another frustrating loss to put the Phillies at 22-26 on the season and just two games ahead of the last place Washington Nationals in the NL East Standings.
To make matters worse, the Phillies will have a quick turnaround today and face D-Backs’ ace Zac Gallen at 1:05PM today before hitting the road for a four game series against the Atlanta Braves, followed by the New York Mets and Washington Nationals.