Phillies win third straight in Arizona, move above .500 for the first time since May 13th
It’s been a rollercoaster few months for the Philadelphia Phillies, but for the first time since May 13th, they are officially back over .500 at 35-34 on the season after winning third straight game against the Diamondbacks, 5-4.
Aaron Nola was on the mound yesterday as the Phillies looked to take three of four games from the first place team in the NL West in the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Bryson Stott continued his red-hot month of June and got the Phillies on the board early with a solo home run in the top of the second inning.
Stott is now batting .354 with 17 hits, two home runs, six RBIs, and 9 runs scored in 13 games this month. Yesterday, he was 2-for-5 with a home run, RBI, and two runs scored.
Trea Turner then singled on a ground ball to second base. Yes, I know it sounds crazy. According to the Phillies’ “Stat Blast”, Turner made it down the first baseline 32.1ft/second.
I’m not a math guy so I’m really not too sure how that’s even humanly possible, but I definitely won’t question it, as he knocked home Alec Bohm on the RBI single.
In the top of the third inning, Alec Bohm ripped a double to centerfield to score Bryson Stott and the Phillies jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.
In the third inning, Aaron Nola Gabriel Moreno singled home Jake McCarthy on a ground ball to centerfield to finally put the D-Backs on the board. Ketel Marte then took Aaron Nola deep to centerfield with a three-run home run to give the Snakes a 4-3 lead.
I’m well aware that everyone who was watching yesterday let out a collective “sigh” after Nola allowed the D-Backs to take the lead in the bottom half of the third inning. He did however, settle in nicely after that and finished the game tossing 6.2 innings, allowing six hits, four earned runs, and a walk while striking out nine.
The Phillies wasted no time in picking up Nola. In the top of the fourth inning, Kyle Schwarber hit a double to right field to score Garrett Stubbs to tie the game 4-4.
Kyle Schwarber Ties Game with an RBI Double
Bryce Harper then followed with an RBI single to score Harper and give the Phillies a 5-4 lead.
Bryce Harper RBI Single for the Lead
The combination of Gregory Soto, Seranthony Dominguez, and Craig Kimbrel took over for Nola and completely shut down the D-Backs over the final 2.1 innings. The trio combined to allow just one hit while striking out four. Kimbrel earned his 10th save of the season.
The Phillies have now taken 2-of-3 from the Los Angeles Dodgers and 3-of-4 from the Arizona Diamondbacks over the last two series.
They are 8-2 over their last 10 games and 35-34 on the season, eight games back from the NL East leading Atlanta Braves and three back from the second place Miami Marlins. In the NL Wild Card, they are just 1.5 games out of the final spot, currently held by the San Francisco Giants.
Notable: With yesterday’s 5-4 win, Rob Thomson won his 100th game as the Phillies manager.
The Phillies will now head to Oakland for a weekend series against the Athletics before heading home to face the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park next week.