Diamondbacks 3, Phillies 4

Brian Garfinkel

Heath Bell melted down in the ninth inning once again, surrendering hits to four of the seven batters he faced in the eighth and ninth, as the Diamondbacks dropped the series opener in Philly. A bases-loaded ninth-inning walk to Chase Utley from Eury De La Rosa ended the game.

In a match-up that pitted two of the best National League starters over the last few weeks, it ultimately came down to a battle of bullpens. Wade Miley gave up three runs over six innings on five hits and two walks, while Cole Hamels allowed three runs over seven. The Diamondbacks turned the fate of the game over to JJ Putz, Joe Thatcher, and Heath Bell. Two out of three performed well. Get your guesses in as to who was the odd one out.

On the other side of the ball, Martin Prado continued his hot hitting as of late, hitting a two-run double to give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead in a three-run Diamondbacks fourth. The offense cooled from there on, however, tallying just one hit over the next four frames. Matt Davidson added his second hit of the night in with a two-out single in the ninth off of Jonathan Papelbon, but a Cliff Pennington flyout ended any hope of scoring. Heath Bell remained the pitcher in a 3-3 ballgame, even after surrendering hits to two of the three hitters he faced in the previous inning. Suddenly, single/single/IBB loaded the bases with none out. Bell struck out Frandsen to end his night.

Eury De La Rosa was brought in to replace Bell, who promptly walked Chase Utley on a 3-2 inside breaking pitch (that seemed borderline).

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