For the second game in a row, the Diamondbacks started the game with a three-run first inning. This time, they made it hold up. Brandon Marsh and David Peralta started the action by drawing walks. Marsh then scored on a Ketel Marte single. Marte and Peralta then scored when Christian Walker doubled. Hooray for offense! The Diamondbacks managed one more run in the third on a solo shot by Ketel Marte. Alas, that was, once again, the last of the scoring to be done by Arizona. Once again, old friend, Héctor Rondón did a number on Arizona, providing two full innings of scoreless ball.
Thankfully, Arizona’s Luke Weaver was up to the task of making Arizona’s early lead hold up. Weaver allowed only one run through six innings of work, leaving the game with a three run lead, turning the game over to one of the best bullpens in the game. Kevin Ginkel took over in the seventh inning. He was tagged for a solo home run by Eric Wood. That was the only damage done though. Ginkel completed both the seventh and eighth innings, turning the ball over to Archie Bradley. Bradley recorded two outs in the ninth, but also allowed two hits. Will Smith came in before any damage could be done and completed the save.
Final Score: AZ 4 - PHI 2
The player of the game was Ketel Marte. Marte’s home run and RBI single were key to the Diamondbacks securing the victory and indicative of the sort of play Marte has been providing over the last couple of weeks. It seems he has truly shaken off the rust.
The Diamondbacks look to make it an even split of the series tomorrow. Madison Bumgarner takes the mound for Arizona. Chris Archer will start for the Phillies.