Vidal Nuño's fondness for the long-ball didn't take long to show up this afternoon. With two outs, he walked Chase Utley and Ryan Howard cranked the next pitch into the bleachers for a 2-0 Phillies lead. Arizona climbed back into the game, however. Nick Ahmed doubled home Gerardo Parra in the second, and Paul Goldschmidt tied this up in the sixth, his sac. fly scoring Ender Inciarte. But it was a play in the bottom of the sixth that got the baseball world buzzing.
With two outs, another Nuño walk put Howard on first. The next batter sent the ball skying high behind shortstop, where Didi Gregorius let it clank off his glove. Howard, came around third and was out by the length of a buffet table. However, on appeal the call was reversed on the ground Miguel Montero was "blocking the plate" - a dubious interpretation of the letter, of the law (Howard could have slid around it, but didn't even bother to try) and woefully far from its intent. The Phillies added on in the seventh, in part on a David Peralta error*, though the throw home beat the runner, but Montero seemed more concerned about not repeating the block, and dropped the ball.
The D-backs rallied in the ninth, getting the tying run on base with one out, but the inevitable Martin Prado GIDP ended the game. We'll need a few cheesesteaks to wash the sour taste of this one away.
* - just changed to a triple. I trust the Coors Field scorer is enjoying his stay in Philadelphia.