"The last couple games, I wasn't throwing enough strikes and getting ahead of guys. The game plan was just get strike one and I thought my curveball was pretty good tonight, too, but I can't throw that when I'm not getting ahead of guys."
- Jeremy Hellickson
"I know he [Hellickson] wasn't throwing at him [Franco], but that's how the game goes. No one knows that — no one can get inside our guy's head. So they properly hit Goldy. That's fair."
- Chip Hale
"There's not a lot to talk about," Philadelphia interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "We were out of it after the second inning."
- Phillies Interim Manager Pete Mackanin
It Happened Last
Jeremy Hellickson had a career night, going eight innings allowing only one run from the mound while also tallying two hits and three RBI in the same inning of a rout of the floundering Philadelphia Phillies. David Peralta added a grand slam in the same frame, as the Diamondbacks put up an 11-spot on for the second inning of the game.
The numbers that Diamondbacks left fielder, David Peralta have been putting up since June 23rd look more like something out of MLB The Show, than what one would expect from a real-life athlete not named Barry Bonds or Miguel Cabrera.
Since June 5, Weligton Castillo has put together an impressive triple slash of .297/.378/.641 with 13 HR in just 163 plate appearances. While there is certainly a good bit of luck at work in the numbers, maturity at the plate has played a big part as well.
Having once again reached the .500 mark on the season, the Diamondbacks will send Chase Anderson to the mound to go for the sweep of Philadelphia and their first winning record since April 22. The team currently sits 6.5 games behind the NL West-leading Dodgers, and have six games left against the division rivals from Chavez Ravine.
The Diamondbacks have are assembling a dynamic, young core of players that look to compete over the long haul.
After suffering a concussion caused by an errant pitch, the Diamondbacks' first-overall pick, Dansby Swanson will make his professional debut for the Hillsboro Hops on Wednesday night.
It seems like a no-brainer that the event would have happened at least a few times in the annals of baseball history, but it hasn't. When the Seattle Mariners finished the night with an exciting walk-off win, they became the 15th home team to win on the evening, marking the very first time that every home team in baseball won on the same day of a full slate of games.
This has been a good season for MLB rookies, and the NL ROY race is wide-open.