Instant Replay: Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 1



Manager Pete Mackanin shuffled the lineup, but the Phillies’ offense remained sluggish in a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.

The Phils had just four hits.

Diamondbacks’ ace Zach Greinke had little trouble with baseball’s worst offense. He allowed a first-inning homer but only two hits the rest of his eight innings.

The Phillies entered the day hitting a majors-worst .228. They are averaging 3.17 runs per game, also worst in the majors. They have been held to two or fewer runs 28 times.

Arizona did all its scoring via home runs. Phillies pitching has given up 14 homers the last three games and 20 in the last five.

The Phillies have lost 22 of their last 28 and five in a row by a combined score of 45-10. They are now nine games under .500.

Starting pitching report
Jerad Eickhoff gave up nine hits and three runs over 5 2/3 innings. All three runs came in the fifth inning when he allowed a pair of home runs, the second of which was a two-run shot on a 0-2 pitch.

Eickhoff is 4-9 with 3.49 ERA in 14 starts.

Greinke, the former American League Cy Young winner who signed a six-year, $206 million contract with Arizona in the off-season, scattered three hits, a walk and a run over eight innings. He struck out six. He threw just 94 pitches. He is 10-3 with a 3.54 ERA.

Bullpen report 
Severino Gonzalez gave up a solo homer in two innings of work. He struck out three. Gonzalez, recalled from Triple A on Friday, has added to his fastball since moving to the bullpen. He hit 95 mph on the stadium radar gun.

Brad Ziegler notched his 14th save for Arizona. He retired his college teammate, Ryan Howard, on a double-play ball to end it.

At the plate
Odubel Herrera gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead with a laser beam homer to left-center in the bottom of the first inning.

The Phillies had just four hits and none between the first and seventh innings.

Nick Ahmed got the Diamondbacks on the scoreboard with a one-out solo homer in the fifth. Three batters later, Paul Goldschmidt gave Arizona a 3-1 lead when he swatted an 0-2 slider from Eickhoff into the seats for his 14th homer.

Lineup stuff
Looking for offense, Mackanin used Cody Asche in the leadoff spot and dropped Maikel Franco to the No. 6 spot. It was the highest Asche had ever hit and the lowest Franco had hit since his first big-league cup of coffee in 2014. Howard got the start at first base in place of Tommy Joseph and went hitless. He grounded into a double play to end the game.

Andres Blanco replaced struggling Cesar Hernandez in the starting lineup and batted third. Blanco had two of the Phillies' hits.

Up next
The series continues Sunday afternoon. Zach Eflin (0-1, 27.00) looks to rebound from a poor big-league debut against Arizona right-hander Archie Bradley (2-3, 5.66).

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