From The Box Score- Philadelphia Phillies vs Arizona Diamondbacks- 8/5/19

The Philadelphia Phillies visited the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight and this is their one and only trip into Chase Field this summer.  The two teams met up in June with the D-backs winning 2 of 3. Manager Gabe Kapler continued to tinker with his lineup tonight and shuffled players up and down the lineup looking for the right combination. 

On the hill, in his usual position was Vince Velaquez, who last week made an amazing appearance in left field where he made a diving catch on a difficult play and threw out a runner at the plate. Arizona matched him with Merrill Kelly, who coming into the game was 7-11 appearing in 22 games. He has been in a slump, either losing or getting a no-decision since the D-backs faced Philadelphia back in June.  

The Phillies went fairly quietly in the first after getting the top two batters on, a flyout and strikeout, and a ground out got Kelly out of the inning.  Arizona’s Ketel Marte tried to duplicate his performance Sunday in which he had an inside-the-park home run but had to settle for a lead off triple. David Peralta quickly followed with a groundout to shortstop Jean Segura who threw to first to record the out, and Marte scooted home with the games first run.  

The two teams went into the second Kelly with a 1-0 lead but he was unable to hold on to it as he allowed a solo home run to Scott Kingery and gave up a pair of runs in the third.  The Phillies scored their two runs here when Rhys Hoskins reached on a catchers interference call with one out.  Bryce Harper then singled before J T Realmuto doubled to score Hoskins and Segura backed it up with a single to score Harper.  Following a visit to the mound, Kelly got Kingery to hit into an inning-ending double play.  In the home half of the 3rd, the D-backs answered scoring one, a walk by Kelly and a double by Peralta set up an unusual double play with a run-scoring.  Eduardo Escobar flew to center for the 2nd out, threw home to try and get Kelly who was safe and Realmuto threw to third to get Peralta trying to advance.  Score now 3-2 Phillies and the closest Arizona would get.  

In the 4th, the Phillies extended the lead 4-2 and never looked back.  Cesar Hernandez picked up and rbi in the 4th and later in the game Segura picked up a 2nd rbi with a single.  Flash ahead to the 8th, the two teams traded runs, a rbi single by Roman Quinn scored Adam Haseley for the Fightin Phils and Peralta picked up another rbi scoring Wilmer Flores, who had doubled to leadoff the 8th. 

The Phillies closed the book on scoring in the top of the ninth with a manufactured run.  Realmuto walked, stole second and advanced to 3rd on a throwing error.  He then scored on a wild pitch to give his team a 7-3 lead.  The Phillies managed to bang out 13 hits as the Diamondbacks collected 9 of their own. 

Velasquez was sharp going 7 innings of six hit ball and gave his bullpen a lead to hold onto.  Kelly, on the other hand, wasn’t as sharp going 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits.  Arizona also committed 3 errors that didn’t help their cause.  The Diamondbacks are trying to get back to.500 as they fell one game under and now are 56-57 while the Phillies are 6 games over at 59-53 and tied for the 2nd wild card spot.  

On Tuesday, newly acquired Mike Leake (9-8) will face Jake Arrieta(8-8).  Leake was acquired minutes before the trade deadline and this will be his first appearance with his new club. 

David Curtoys

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