Arun-scoring double by Bryce Harper, followed by a three-run home run from Scott Kingery put the Phillies on top in the fourth inning and contributed to Jon Duplantier exiting after only three innings of work. A great defensive play by Jay Bruce in left prevented the Diamondbacks from at least cutting that lead in half before Duplantier left the game. Then, subsequent attempts to claw back into the game were thwarted by the bullpen’s inability to stop the trickle of runs being posted by Philadelphia.
Jon Duplantier knows he threw too many pitches to only get through three innings of work. He knows he failed to keep his team in the game. He knows he put extra stress on the bullpen. The coaching staff also made sure he knows that he doesn’t have to figure it all out by himself.
Arizona’s offense showed up, but the pitching was shaky from the outset and the Phillies simply made some great plays at just the right time.
The Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with the large, powerful, right-handed prep pitcher selected with the 33rd overall pick in the draft. Malone and the Diamondbacks agreed to the full slot bonus of $2,202,200.
Escobar ranks seventh among NL third basemen while Marte’s performance playing “out of position” in center field has him ranked third among NL second basemen.
As the trade deadline continues to draw near, the Padres and the Diamondbacks have some big questions to ask themselves. Don’t expect large moves from either club though.
At least the Giants are entertaining, even when they are having a dismal season.
Watching Hunter Pence have a renaissance at the plate has been quite fun this season.
It seems reminding the world just how much Angel Hernandez sucks at his job is now a way to have Angel Hernandez demonstrate one of the ways in which he sucks at his job.