After a historic 18-inning game in which the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phillies were facing a day game less than 12 hours after the end of last night’s seven-hour marathon. Problem is, the bullpen was so stretched out last night, that the Phils used their starter for today, Tyler Cloyd, in the late innings last night. They needed a starter for today, and made a rather surprising call-up which paid off for the Phillies Sunday afternoon.
None other than Roy Halladay was called up to start, and was activated from the disabled list. He had made two rehab starts in the past ten days, and was unexpectedly given an opportunity at the major league level this afternoon. Halladay, who had not pitched since May 5th, lasted six strong innings and got his third win of the season in this afternoon’s game, outpitching Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin.
The velocity on his fastball and cutter, which has been a hot topic since spring training, mostly stayed in the mid to upper 80s, touching 90 MPH a couple times. However, Doc was effective, allowing four hits, two runs, two walks and two strikeouts, using 94 pitches to do so.
The Diamondbacks, however, wasted no time getting on the board against Halladay. Tony Campana led off with a triple, and Adam Eaton drove him in for a 1-0 Arizona lead in the first inning. But the Phillies would strike right back in the home half of the first.
Darin Ruf picked up an RBI single off of Corbin to knot the game at 1-1, and then Cody Asche laced a two-run double to put the Phillies in front. The Phils would add a run on a Kevin Frandsen groundout RBI to go up 4-1 after just the first inning.
Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, a former catcher in the Phillies minor league system, picked up his first major league RBI on a sacrifice fly against former spring training battery-mate Halladay to cut the Philadelphia lead to 4-2 after two innings.
John Mayberry Jr. would add his 10th home run of the season in the 4th inning off of Corbin to extend the Phils’ lead to 6-2. In the sixth, Chase Utley and Roger Bernadina would blow the game open against Heath Bell, who has had a tough series. Utley, who did not start the game, got a pinch-hit RBI single, and Bernadina pounded a double back to the wall which scored two runs, making it a 9-2 game.
AJ Pollock would hit a three run home run in the eighth inning off of JC Ramirez, who was just called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. This made it a 9-5 game, but Jake Diekman was able to close the door in the ninth and get the victory, allowing the Phils to take two out of three from the Diamondbacks this weekend.
Patrick Corbin had his worst start of the season for the Diamondbacks, giving up nine runs in 5 1/3 innings, to go along with seven hits and three walks to go with four strikeouts. Corbin has been one of the more dominant starters in the National League, coming in with a 13-3 record and a 2.50 ERA.
Recent acquisition Roger Bernadina put on a show today defensively. After a home-run saving catch in the fourth inning when the game was still tight, Bernadina made an incredible diving catch in the seventh inning to rob Tuffy Gosewisch of a hit. Both plays are arguably two of the best defensive plays the Phillies have had all season.
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