The Diamondbacks finished a long road trip with a win ending the 10 games in 10 days away stretch against the Pirates, Reds, and the Phillies. This away trip was not the outcome fans were hoping for with only 4 wins in ten games. A peculiar thing about this road trip is Arizona did better after it rained. Every game that Arizona won it rained on the field that day, and even the game they lost 13-8 to Cincinnati they outscored the Reds 8-5 after the rain. Heading back to Arizona now for a lot of reasons hopefully it rains in Arizona during this trip.
The Phillies gave Arizona a great gift in the first inning. Before today’s game the Diamondbacks were outscored in the first three innings 27-2, which is clearly a losing formula. With early struggles from the bats this whole away series, Philadelphia had 3 opportunities to get double plays and turned them into 0 outs and 3 runs. Torrey Luvello decided to shake the pitching up a little allowing closer Kyle Nelson to start the game before true starting pitcher Luke Weaver pitched. Kyle Nelson did a great job making sure the first 4 people in the order didn’t get a hit and throwing of each batter. Heading into the 6th inning Arizona was up 4-1 despite being 0-12 with runners in scoring position thanks to all the errors, then finally Rojas hit Luplow in to score and it appeared the levee broke where they finished 4 for 16 with runners in scoring position.
Christian Walker had himself a game almost hitting the cycle, with a double, a triple, a single, and then a walk on the final at bat. Christian Walker is from the Philadelphia area so his family was able to attend and they got a show. When his mom was interviewed she said she was happy to make him a homemade meal which was meatballs, and if her meatballs make him hit this well, someone should make him food all the time.
Joe Mantiply has continued his streak to 14 outings in a row with no runs scored, today he faced 4 hitters and had 4 strikeouts. There was only one homerun in the entire game and that was Mccarthy in the 9th inning. Definitely an old school game with a lot of walks, 11 to be exact from Philly plus 12 hits from Arizona. In the future Arizona will hope for more home runs but if they were waiting for a game to change their energy and luck this was the game they were waiting for.