Clefo must have had some kinda of premonition, begging the night off last week. Though through the front five innings, it was a real pitcher's duel. Robbie Ray and Vince Velasquez traded zeroes, with Ray being both quick and efficient - the latter a pleasant surprise. However, the wheels started to look shaky in the fifth, when he allowed two runs, before they completely came off the Diamondbacks' pitching in the sixth. Ray, Jake Barrett and Andrew Chafin combined to allow six runs on six hits and two walks, as the Phillies sent 11 to the plate. That inning surpassed their entire output of runs for the whole series in Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, the offense continued to be stifled. Arizona were held to seven hits: Nick Ahmed and Paul Goldschmidt picked up two each, the latter continuing to raise his season average, now up to .304. But the strikeouts continue to mount, with the Diamondbacks fanning a total of 13 times this evening. The home team didn't manage an extra-base hit, and only had three at-bats with a runner in scoring position all night, going 0-for-3. The loss dropped the D-backs home record back to 13-26, which is now only two wins more than the Atlanta Braves.
There will be a further recap. It may be terse and unrelenting.