Double plays and late inning errors did the Arizona Diamondbacks in tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies. In their last 28 innings, a span over three games, the D’backs have scored a total of only five runs. Zack Greinke turned in another solid start this evening, although it appeared his pitch count would be a problem after the first two innings. He had to tap dance out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning, and allowed a pair of two out walks in the second, but escaped both frames surrendering no runs after throwing 48 total pitches. However, his span of recent dominance returned quickly. At one point, Greinke retired 14 out of 15 Phillies. His only blemish on the evening was a solo home run surrendered to Nick Williams.
The wheels fell completely off the cart in the Phillies’ half of the eighth inning. Left hander Jake Diekman entered the contest fresh having not appeared in last night’s 14 inning marathon, but managed to record only a single out tonight. He induced a grounder back to the mound against Cesar Hernandez, but whiffed badly on the throw back to Goldy tossing the ball into foul territory in right field. Steven Souza Jr. tried to gun Hernandez down at third base, but rocketed the ball into foul territory on the opposite side of the field allowing Hernandez to come all the way around to score. After loading the bases on a single sandwiched between two walks, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a double off the right field wall to score a pair. The Phillies would end their half of the frame scoring four runs total.
Unfortunately, Arizona pounded the ball into the ground all evening eliminating any opportunity to provide run support to their ace. The D’backs grounded into four double plays, including a pivotal one in the eighth inning. Arizona had scored their first two runs of the game and had runners on the corners with only a single out, but newcomer Eduardo Escobar ended the rally as quickly as it began with his double play.
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