There wasn't much wrong with Brandon McCarthy this afternoon, striking out a career high 12 batters and going a solid seven innings for the Diamondbacks. He allowed seven hits and a walk, but got no real help from his defense. The first Phillies run scored on a high fly-ball which stayed in the air for what seemed a very long time, before dropping between A.J. Pollock and Cody Ross. And the second came after Chris Owings made all advised throw to third, which caromed off the runner, allowing the Phillie to go home as well. But it was certainly Brandon's best outing, and he deserved better his record going to 0-5, the first D-back there after 29 games since Willie Blair in 1998.
The offense was absolutely no help at all, managing six base-runners all afternoon off A.J. Burnett and Jonathan Papelbon. Perhaps their best chance came in the third, when A.J. Pollock and Owings singled to lead things off. However, McCarthy couldn't get a good bunt down, and Gerardo Parra hit into a double-play. We got the tying run to the plate in the ninth after Miguel Montero singled, but nothing ensued, and the team were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, dropping their average there this season to .218. Owings had a pair of hits.
Tommie will be along in a bit with the full recap, and we now await the arrival of the Rockies, for a three-game set starting tomorrow night. Franklin Morales vs. Wade Miley is the match-up in tomorrow's opener.