Game Recap: D-Backs Struggles Continue, Lose To Phillies

By Matthew Hochberg

Heading into the sixth inning of Friday night’s game, the Arizona Diamondbacks seemed to be in good shape. They had a 3-1 lead and Wade Miley was on the mound, cruising right along. Yet, the 26-year-old seemed to run out of gas, and allowed the Philadelphia Phillies to tie the game. The score would remain 3-3 for the next few innings, until the bottom of the ninth when the Phillies walked-off, with a walk.

Darin Ruf provided the first run of the game, a solo shot in the bottom of the second. The D-Backs, however, fought back and scored three runs in the top of the fourth off of Cole Hamels. After Adam Eaton was hit by a pitch and Paul Goldschmidt doubled, Martin Prado stepped up to the plate and lined a double of his own, scoring both men on base. Later in the frame, Matt Davidson‘s single brought home Prado.

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With the score knotted at 3 in the bottom of the ninth, pinch-hitter Cody Asche led off with a single, followed by Jimmy Rollin’s flawlessly executed hit-and-run single which moved Asche over to third. Heath Bell then intentionally walked Michael Young to load the bases, and after striking out Kevin Frandsen, Eury De La Rosa was brought in to face Chase Utley. De La Rosa’s time on the mound, however, was quick. He walked Utley, which ended the game and gave Philly the 4-3 victory.

Miley’s solid outing went to waste with the loss. The lefty worked six innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Hamles also pitched well, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out four through seven innings. Bell (4-2) suffered the loss, and Jonathan Papelbon (4-1) earned the victory.

The Snakes fell 10.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West, and trail the Cincinnati Reds by 7 games for the second and final wild-card spot. Arizona will send Randall Delgado to the mound on Saturday.