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Dbacks and Phillies combine for MLB record 13 home runs in 13-8 win for Arizona

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Eduardo Escobar’s big night helped power Dbacks past Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies (37-29) are no longer all alone in first place in the National League East Division standings. After being crushed by a 13-8 score on Monday night by the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks (35-32) at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies now find themselves tied at the top with the Atlanta Braves.

This marks the first time since April 25 that the Phillies were not at the top of the division by themselves. The Braves crushed the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight in Atlanta by 13-7 to earn the tie. It was a fourth consecutive win for the Braves, the fifth win in a row for the Dbacks, and the Phillies second straight loss.
The Phillies and Braves are set to meet this coming weekend down in Atlanta in a key mid-season series, the first meeting between the clubs since the Phillies swept the Braves in the first series of the season back in late March.
The vast majority of the 21 runs scored by the two teams came via the long ball. The two clubs combined for a Major League Baseball record 13 home runs in this contest. Unfortunately for the home side and their fans, most of those were slugged by the visitors.

Arizona jumped all over Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff (3-4) about as hard as you can jump on a pitcher. The Dbacks first three batters – Jarrod DysonKetel Marte and David Peralta – all homered.
Credit Eickhoff in the immediate aftermath of that potentially demoralizing opening. He settled down to retire the next nine straight Arizona batters as the Phillies slowly fought back with solo runs in each of their first three at-bats to get back to even.
Jean Segura‘s sixth home run of the season got the Phillies on the board in the home 1st inning. In the 2nd, Scott Kingery ripped a one-out triple and scored on a ground out by Maikel Franco to make it 3-2. They tied it up in the 3rd when Rhys Hoskins singled home Segura, who had reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second base.

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Jean Segura’s solo blast has the Phillies down just 3-1 as we head to the bottom of the 2nd inning.

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That tied didn’t last long, as the Diamondbacks blew the game open by scoring eight times over the next three frames. Eduard Escobar and Alex Avila each blasted two-run homers in the top of the 4th to give Arizona back the lead at 7-3.
After Kingery drilled his fifth home run of the season out to right field in the bottom of that inning to cut the deficit to 7-4, Arizona answered with three more runs thanks to two more long balls. Escobar blasted his second of the game and 17th of the season, and then Ildemar Vargas ripped his third of the year.
In the top of the 6th, the Eduardo Escobar show continued. He roped an RBI double to give him five ribbies on the night, and the Dbacks had an 11-4 lead.
The Phillies had one positive on this night, and that was the performance of Kingery. In the bottom of the 8th he homered again, his second of the night and sixth of the season, to make it an 11-5 ball game. Later in the frame, Nick Williams doubled and scored on a base hit from Bryce Harper, making it 11-6.

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Second homer of the night for Kingery, who has been the lone bright spot tonight for the Phillies.

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But the Dbacks relentless offense still was not finished. In the top of the 9th inning, Vargas crushed his own second homer of the night to push Arizona’s lead back out to 13-6. He thus became the third player, joining his teammate Escobar and the Phillies’ Kingery, to homer twice in this one.
Even with that big lead, Dbacks skipper Torey Lovullo brought in his closer, Greg Holland, to wrap this one up. Hoskins greeted Holland by driving the 14th home run of the season by the first baseman out over the left field wall to make it a 13-7 game.
Two batters later, Jay Bruce roped his 19th homer of the year, his fifth in seven games since joining the Phillies in a trade from Seattle last week. It was just announced earlier today that Bruce had been named as the NL Player of the Week honoree for his hot debut with the club last week.

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The Phillies got homers from Hoskins and Bruce in the 9th inning, but it was too little, too late.

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That was finally the end of the scoring on this night. 13 home runs in all went over the walls of Citizens Bank Park. Unfortunately, most of those came off the bats of the visitors as Arizona wrapped up a 13-8 victory.
With their hold on sole possession of first place in the division gone and the Braves playing good baseball, the pressure on the Phillies has now increased. They have not gone on a truly extended winning run all season long. If there was ever a time to get one started, it would be now. These two teams will meet again on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, when Jake Arrieta will try to regain his April mojo.

SHIBE VINTAGE SPORTS STARTING PITCHING PERFORMANCE

Jerad Eickhoff: 3 IP, 5 hits (all homers), 7 earned, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts. 75 pitches, 44 for strikes.
Taylor Clarke: 3.1 IP, 6 hits (2 homers), 4 earned, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts. 77 pitches, 48 for strikes.

PHILLIES NUGGETS PLAYER OF THE GAME:  EDUARDO ESCOBAR

The Dbacks third baseman went 4-5 with two homers, a double and a single, driving in five runs and scoring three times. Escobar raised his average to the .299 level, and his 17 home runs and 54 RBIs both lead the Arizona lineup.

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Arizona Diamondbacks bring desert heat to South Philly

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Dbacks tickets could still be hot sellers in Phoenix this summer

The Philadelphia Phillies (37-28) are 5-1-1 over their last seven series, with only a sweep at the hands of the host Los Angeles Dodgers showing as a black mark over their last month of play. They lead the NL East Division standings by one game over the Atlanta Braves.

To close out a short home stand, the Phillies welcome in the Arizona Diamondbacks (34-32) of the NL West Division to Citizens Bank Park for three games to open this week. The Dbacks are winners of four straight games, and now sit 2.5 games behind Atlanta for the final NL Wildcard playoff berth.
Over the first month or so of the season, the Diamondbacks were as hot as the Arizona desert in mid-summer. They bolted out to a 20-13 start and were within a game of the division lead.
But the club won just eight of their next 25 games to fall below the .500 mark, consistently dropping further and further behind the Dodgers in the standings. Even with that four-game current win streak, the Dbacks still trail the Dodgers by 11 games.
While their rivals in Los Angeles appear to be well on their way to a seventh consecutive division crown, Arizona remains squarely in the National League Wildcard race as they fight to reach the playoffs for just the third time in this decade. So, they will certainly pose a challenge to the Phillies, who are looking to return to those playoffs for the first time in eight years.
Arizona comes in with a potent offensive attack which ranks third in the National League in runs-per-game. They are also second in the league in doubles, third  in batting average and stolen bases, fourth in OPS, and fifth in home runs. So this is a well-rounded and balanced attack.
The Dbacks pitching staff is no slouch either, ranking fourth in the NL in ERA, and 5th in OPS-against and strikeouts. No team in all of Major League Baseball has a better fielding percentage than the Arizona defenders, who have committed the fewest errors in the entire National League.
Bottom line, this is a sound ball club that is coming in to South Philly this week. Though they were struggling badly for more than a month, the Dbacks have recently gotten hot again. It will be up to the Phillies to cool them off, finding a way to win yet another series.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

TOP LINEUP THREATS

Eduardo Escobar: 30-year-old switch-hitting third baseman came via trade from the Minnesota Twins last August. Coming off career highs of 23 homers and 84 RBIs a year ago, Escobar is on his way to beating both of those totals this year. He is tied for the club lead with 15 home runs, and leads the Dbacks with 49 RBIs, 35 extra-base hits, and 41 runs scored.
Ketel Marte: A 25-year-old switch-hitting second baseman who also played a lot of center field over the first two months of the season. Marte has already set a career high with 15 homers, and his 45 RBIs, 31 extra-base hits, and 39 runs scored are all second on the team.
David Peralta: The 31-year-old left fielder leads club regulars with a .301 average and .350 on-base percentage. He won an NL Silver Slugger Award a year ago when he banged 30 homers with 87 RBIs and 60 extra-base hits.
Christian Walker: 28-year-old first baseman is in his fifth big-league season, but his first as a starter. Walker’s 29 extra-base hits and 34 runs scored are third on the team.

SPOTLIGHT PLAYER

Adam Jones: The 33-year-old veteran right fielder signed as a free agent with Arizona during spring training after spending the previous 11 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. Jones is a five-time AL All-Star who won four Gold Glove Awards and a 2013 Silver Slugger Award.
Making just $3 million on a one-year contract, Jones could end up as trade bait next month if the Dbacks cannot stay in the postseason hunt. His is slashing .276/.321/.500 this year and is third on the team with a dozen homers and 37 RBIs. He has even been rumored as a possible Phillies trade target.

SCHEDULED STARTING PITCHERS

The Phillies get a break in that they will miss the Dbacks top two starting pitchers, Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray, during this series.
MON: Taylor Clarke (26/RHP): 1-2, 4.43 ERA, 1.254 WHIP, 21 hits allowed over 22.1 IP across 5 games (4 starts) with a 15/7 K:BB
TUE: Jon Duplantier (24/RHP): 1-0, 3.27 ERA, 1.136 WHIP, 17 hits allowed over 22 IP across 7 games (2 starts) with a 23/8 K:BB
WED: Merrill Kelly (30/RHP): 6-6, 4.12 ERA, 1.359 WHIP, 76 hits allowed over 74.1 IP across 13 starts with a 58/25 K:BB

KEY BENCH & BULLPEN PIECES

Ildemaro Vargas: 27-year-old switch-hitting infielder plays both 2B and 3B and is hitting .260 with six extra-base hits.
J.R. Murphy / Alex Avila: Along with 24-year-old starter Carson Kelly, the Dbacks have a three-headed catcher set-up. Kelly has started 29, Murphy 17, and Avila 15 behind the dish. They have combined for 14 homers and 33 RBIs, which would be third on the club from one player.
Greg Holland: The 33-year-old, nine-year big-league closer is a 3x All-Star and signed with Arizona as a free agent back in January. He led the NL in Save back in 2017 with Colorado, and is having a true shutdown season, allowing just 10 hits over 20.2 innings with a 28/10 K:BB while surrendering just one home run. He hasn’t allowed a run now in more than a month.
Archie Bradley: A 26-year-old power righty, Bradley has struck out 36 over 28.2 innings. However, he also has allowed 35 hits and has a 4.71 ERA and 1.814 WHIP. He has held the opposition scoreless in eight of his last 10 outings. He has four different outings where he was blown up over 27 appearances, so unless you catch him on a bad night, he can be real tough.
Andrew Chafin: The 29-year-old lefty has allowed 19 hits over 20.2 innings with a 25/10 K:BB.
Matt Andriese: 29-year-old righty began his career as a starter with Tampa Bay, but has made a nice transition to the bullpen. He was traded to Arizona last August and has allowed 31 hits over 34 innings with a 38/14 K:BB this season.
Yoan Lopez: Cuban native is in his first full big-league season. The 26-year-old has been strong across 30 games, allowing 17 hits over 25.2 innings with an 18/9 K:BB.

Lovullo is in his third season at the helm of the Dbacks. (Mwinog2777)

THE SKIPPER

The Boston Red Sox bench coach for four seasons and a two-time minor league Manager of the Year, Torey Lovullo was finally given the chance at his first big-league managerial job in Arizona for the 2017 season after being a candidate for numerous jobs for years.
He led the club to 93 wins and a runner-up finish that year, winning the NL Wildcard Game before getting swept by the divison-rival Dodgers in an NLDS. For that work, Lovullo was honored as the NL’s Manager of the Year.
Lovullo turns 54-years-old next month, and has an overall 209-181 record as skipper in Arizona.

SERIES WEATHER REPORT

MONDAY: There is a 50/50 chance of showers and thunderstorms at the 7:05 pm first-pitch time, and that threat will remain about the same throughout the game. Temps in the mid-70’s with light winds.
TUESDAY: Should be a perfect night at the ballpark. Temps in the upper-70’s with a moderate breeze at the 7:05 pm first-pitch time. Sunny at the start, clear skies as the sun sets, almost no chance of rain.
WEDNESDAY: Another nice night in South Philly, with temps during the game in the mid-upper 70’s, moderate breeze, and almost no chance of rain.

Owings helping Dbacks overcome injuries to stay in NL West race

A check of the National League West Division standings this morning shows the Arizona Diamondbacks right in the thick of things. 
The Snakes are now 36-25, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers in second place, two games behind the Colorado Rockies.
The Dbacks dropped three straight games in Miami last weekend. But now back home at Chase Field, Arizona has gotten back on track with a pair of wins over the division-rival San Diego Padres. A key performer in these two games has been utility player Chris Owings.
On Tuesday, Owings cracked his seventh home run of the season. The three-run shot in the second inning blew the game open early, giving Arizona a 7-0 lead en route to a 10-2 rout.
Last night, Owings went 1-3, scoring a run and driving home another. His seventh inning sacrifice fly brought home Paul Goldschmidt with a run to open up a 7-3 lead. Arizona would eventually win the game by a 7-4 margin.
In both games, he was the starting shortstop in new manager Torey Lovullo‘s lineup. Owings has started 30 of the Dbacks’ 61 games this year at the position. He evenly splits time there with Nick Ahmed, who has started the other 31 games at shortstop.

OWENS PROVIDES LINEUP VERSATILITY

Owings has also proven his versatility by stepping in to start 16 games in right field and four games at second base. He went out to left field once, and has come off the bench on numerous occasions at each of the other three positions.
Owings versatility has helped Arizona weather the storm when injuries hit the outfield. Two starters, Yasmany Tomas and A.J. Pollock, are currently on the Disabled List.
A couple of weeks back, Jack Magruder of Fanrag Sports Network quoted Owings on his role with the ball club this year.
“Wherever I am that day in the lineup, hitting second, seventh. Whether it is playing short, second, right, I just have the same attitude every day. Whatever the situation is, execute it. For me, it was wherever you need me. I’ll work hard to be ready to go for you.”
Owings is now hitting for a .297/.335/.464 slash line. Those would all be career full season highs for the player who will turn 26 years of age in August. The Tuesday home run was his career-high seventh of the season. He also has 34 RBI and nine stolen bases.

DBACKS COVERING FOR INJURIES

Pollock has been sidelined for three weeks with a Grade 1 right groin strain. He is likely still at least a couple of weeks away from a return to the lineup. Tomas also has a groin issue, and his return is still to be determined. Groins can be particularly tricky injuries, so Arizona will be cautious with both players.
Normally bench players, Daniel DescalsoGregor BlancoRey Fuentes, and Jeremy Hazelbaker are also stepping up in the outfield. The remaining starter, right fielder David Peralta, is having a nice season after missing most of 2016 with his own injury issues.
Losing two starting outfielders for a chunk of your season while trying to stay in contention requires others to step up. Since providing the walkoff hit on Opening Day, Owings has been stepping up regularly, helping to keep the Diamondbacks in the race.