Instant Replay: Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 1



A team meeting Thursday and a parade of home runs given up over the last few days did nothing to awaken a hibernating Phillies offense.

Archie Bradley gave Arizona six solid innings, escaped a few jams and was on the receiving end of a few timely hits Sunday, as the Diamondbacks again beat the Phillies, 5-1.

Phillies starter Zach Eflin was like Bradley, minus the timely hitting stuff.

His offense mustered just three hits to Arizona's 10.

The Phillies lost their sixth straight and 10th in 11 games. They've now lost six straight home games for the first time since July 2012.

Starting pitching report
Eflin’s outing was much, much better than his major league debut in Toronto last week.

The tall righty allowed two earned runs on four hits while striking out three in 5⅔ innings. His lone walk was intentional. 

Eflin threw 88 pitches, 55 for strikes.

He retired the first six hitters he faced before Brandon Drury led off the third inning with a liner to the right-center field gap. Drury would later score on a sacrifice fly by Bradley.

The Diamondbacks got to Eflin again in the sixth. Paul Goldschmidt extended his league-leading hitting streak to 13 games with a two-out single. A Jake Lamb double both drove Goldschmidt in to score for a 2-0 lead and ended Eflin’s day.

Bullpen report
David Hernandez came on in the top of the sixth inning to relieve Eflin. With two men on and two out, Hernandez blew a fastball by Peter O’Brien to end the threat.

Hernandez, though, gave up a run in the seventh on a Michael Bourn RBI single with two outs, extending the Arizona lead to 3-1.

Elvis Araujo pitched a third of an inning, surrendering a double before being relieved by Andrew Bailey with one out in the eighth.

Bailey allowed a single before striking out Drury and inducing an inning-ending pop out off the bat of Nick Ahmed.

But the Diamondbacks scraped a run across on Bailey in the ninth. West Chester, Pennsylvania, native, Phil Gosselin, hit a long triple before scoring on Bailey's wild pitch.

Jeanmar Gomez was called upon to get the final out of the ninth inning. He didn't do that without surrendering a run. Lamb hit an RBI triple to make it 5-1 Arizona.

The bullpen allowed three runs on six hits in 3⅔ innings pitched.

At the plate
The Phillies failed to score more than one run on Bradley, who entered Sunday sporting a 5.66 ERA, having given up three or more runs in five of his six starts in 2016.

They had the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the sixth, trailing 2-0, but Tommy Joseph grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. A run scored, but that’d be all the Phillies mustered in that frame after Cody Asche lined out on a hard-hit ball to center field. 

The Phillies also threatened in the fifth inning. They had runners at first and second with one away before Freddy Galvis popped out to the catcher behind the plate and Eflin grounded out to third.

Maikel Franco, who batted sixth in Pete Mackanin’s latest attempt to shake up the batting order, continued to slump. He was 0 for 4 and is now hitless in his last 16 ABs.

In the field
Jimmy Paredes started in right field and committed an error in the fourth inning on a sinking liner off the bat of Chris Herrmann.

Waiver claim
Just after first pitch Sunday afternoon, the Phillies announced an addition to their organizational pitching depth. The club claimed RHP Phil Klein off of waivers from Texas (see story).

Up next
The four-game series concludes Monday afternoon (1:05 p.m.) with Phillies righty Jeremy Hellickson (4-5, 4.46 ERA) facing off against fellow righty, Shelby Miller (1-6, 7.09). Miller is making his return from the 15-day disabled list (right index finger sprain).

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