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Updated: 2017-06-24T20:59:47-04:00


Game #75: Philadelphia Phillies @ Arizona Diamondbacks



Game 2 against between the Phillies and the Diamondbacks

Preview #75: Philadelphia Phillies @ Arizona Diamondbacks



The Diamondbacks try to make up for a bad game Friday night.

Today's Lineups

Cameron Perkins - LF Gregor Blanco - CF
Freddy Galvis - SS David Peralta - RF
Aaron Altherr - RF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Tommy Joseph - 1B Jake Lamb - 3B
Maikel Franco - 3B Chris Owings - SS
Andres Blanco - 2B Brandon Drury - 2B
Odubel Herrera - CF Daniel Descalso - LF
Cameron Rupp - C Chris Herrmann - C
Ben Lively - RHP Robbie Ray - LHP

The Diamondbacks will look to Robbie Ray to right the ship for the Diamondbacks against the cellar-dweeling Philadelphia Phillies. Gone from the bench is Jeremy Hazelbaker. Taking his spot on the 25-man roster is Silvino Bracho. Methinks something is up, and we can now wait for the other shoe to drop.

Diamondbacks option OF Jeremy Hazelbaker to AAA Reno, recall RHP Silvino Bracho from AAA Reno



With Randall Delgado set to make a spot start on Sunday, the Diamondbacks have elected to add an extra reliever.

For the weekend, the Diamondbacks will carry 4 outfielders and 8 relief pitchers as they’ve sent OF Jeremy Hazelbaker to AAA Reno and recalled RHP Silvino Bracho. With Randall Delgado set to make a start on Sunday to push back the rotation a day after Zack Greinke, Taijuan Walker, and Zack Godley made their previous start at Coors Field. It made sense to move them back a day because playing at higher altitude is more taxing for players who aren’t used to it.

The current bullpen wasn’t heavily taxed, although Jorge De La Rosa and TJ McFarland scuffled a bit last night and had extended appearances. On Sunday, Delgado probably at most can give the team 4, maybe 5 innings, which means the bullpen will have a lot of work. Ideally Robbie Ray gives the team a long start so the middle relievers don’t have to pitch tonight, but rather when they’ll be needed tomorrow.

Pit Your Wits ‘17: Week 12



Last week,I asked you what we needed to do to gain ground on the Dodgers and Rockies. Then, of course, we went out and won a series against Colorado. I’m going to take the credit for that one...

Not a whole lot of activity on this one. Only two people more than one rec. Getting the most was Hazzard21 with an A+ Futurama reference:

A deal with the Robot Devil

Robbie Ray gets his hands and never gives up a run again this year, but we have to give Corbin as collateral, where all he does is whine in the Devil’s ear like Calculon

Bring out the Robot Umpires

Arizona Sports Fan

Posted by Hazzard21 on Jun 17, 2017 | 12:57 PM reply rec (6)

And in second place, with three recs, is MrMrrbi!

To ensure division championship

A simple sign in the pool area

No Dodgers Allowed

Baseball is the greatest game ever invented. Ever. Say Amen.

- Ernie Banks

Posted by MrMrrbi on Jun 17, 2017 | 1:15 PM reply rec (3) flag

And in a tie for third, we find, in chronological order of posting, Makakilo, AzRattler, TylerO, and DC! Not going to post them all here, but feel free to go check them all out. Now for the updated standings!

Nate Rowan-6
Keegan Thompson-4

Hat tip to Jim for this week’s prompt. Part of the ongoing dispute between the County and the Diamondbacks over Chase Field is the lack of big ticket events being hosted at Chase to generate revenue for the upkeep and improvement of the stadium. If you were in charge of the booking of Chase Field, what events would you book? Go!

Snake Bytes 6/24: Oops!


After an impressive roadtrip in which the Diamondbacks went 7-1, including a sweep of the Phillies, the Diamondbacks returned to Chase Field - then promptly dropped the first game to the Phillies, looking rather flat in doing so. Philadelphia 6, Arizona 1 Patrick Corbin did his part Friday night, but the offense and the bullpen both had a rare off-night, unable to solve the lowly Phillies. Related: Corbin Gets Offspeed Going in Loss Related: Leiter Holds Arizona Offense in Check Related: Leiter, Phillies Dazzle Diamondbacks Rubby De La Rosa Attempts Another Comeback After the 2011 season, Rubby De La Rosa underwent Tommy John suregery. Then in 2015, as it seemed he was both recovered and also possibly taking the final step in his development, something tightened up in his pitching elbow. Instead of going under the knife a second time, the right-hander decided to undergo first, platlet-rich injections, then later stem-cell treatment on the arm. Now, withthe Diamondbacks in the thick of the race for the NL West, Rubby De La Rosa has returned once more to the mound. Around MLB Urias’ Season Over, Future Uncertain The Dodgers’ Julio Urias will undergo anterior capsule surgery on his left shoulder, a major operation that is expected to shelve the 20-year old for 12-14 months, after which there will be considerable work to be done to see if he can return to form. Stop Worrying The marked increase in strikeouts around baseball is just one of the many things that those worrying over length of games seem to take issue with. Looking at Tampa Bay’s Attendance Woes No team in baseball is in more need of relocation than the Tampa Bay Rays. Trade Rumblings Kansas City will not be Sellers Dayton Moore always knew the time would come when the moves made to win the World Series would finally reach end-of-life. The resulting team was always going to be temporary. They still have a bit more than half a season together though, and he’s going to get the most wins he can out of the product he assembled. Mets are Open for Business, Ready to Sell Unhappy, injured Asdrubel Cabrera has asked to be traded. It seems like he is going to get his wish. The New York Mets have faced reality and are prepared to start moving players, especially veterans and expiring contracts. [...]

Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 6/23/17: Pavin Smith debut


The Diamondbacks top pick of the 2017 Draft played in his first professional game. Snake Stars: 3 Stars: Visalia RHP Justin Donatella 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, GS 73, W (4-8) 2 Stars: Kane County RHP Curtis Taylor 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, GS 61, W (2-4) 1 Star: Missoula CF Gabriel Maciel 5 for 6, 2 2B, SB, 2 RBI, 2 R 0 Stars: Missoula RHP Tyler Vail 1 2⁄3 IP, 5 H, 6 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, GS 9 Pavin Smith: 0 for 3, BB, 2 K Reno Aces 6, Tacoma Rainiers 13: Things were looking good for the Aces early on. After scoring a 1st inning run, Aaron Laffey had pitched 3 scoreless innings until the wheels fell off. Laffey allowed 2 runs in the 4th, but the Aces were able to score 4 times in the bottom half of the inning to take a 5-2 lead going into the 6th. Then came a 6th inning meltdown to end all meltdowns. After allowing 3 runs and leaving 2 on base with one out, Daniel Gibson came in and proceeded to do everything he can to lose the game and succeeded. In fact, the Aces bullpen gets an F- for this game with 6 runs in 3 1⁄3 innings. The bad bullpen outing overshadowed a strong game from Oswaldo Arcia, who was a triple shy of the cycle. Jackson Generals 4, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 9: Alex Young got the start and was predictably bad with 4 runs on 8 hits over 4 innings. Drew Muren elected to outshine Young’s bad pitching performance with an even uglier one with 4 runs in 1 2⁄3 innings after him. Domingo Leyba picked up his first AA hit of the year, a 423-foot bomb, but the damage had already been done. Visalia Rawhide 6, San Jose Giants 1: The Rawhide got a terrific start from Justin Donatella, who fired 7 scoreless innings. The offense scored in the 3rd, 5th, and 7th innings to give him more than enough run support. Sergio Alcantara doubled, walked, and stole a base while Austin Byler and Marty Herum each drove in 2. Kane County Cougars 4, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3: Curtis Taylor was solid again, with 6 innings of 2 run ball with 5 strikeouts. His last 5 starts: 2-0, 2.22 ERA, 31/6 K/BB in 28 1⁄3 IP. In all 5 starts he’s completed at least 5 innings and allowed 2 or fewer runs. After allowing 2 runs in the first, Taylor settled in for 5 scoreless innings before Fernery Ozuna smacked a tie-breaking 2-run homer in the top of the 7th. The bullpen held on for dear life, but Cody Clark was able to end the threat and strand the bases loaded. Kane County Cougars 3, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2: Not satisfied with just 1 win, the Cougars copied a similar formula for Game 2. Sam Lewis allowed 2 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings, walking none and striking out one. Tyler Mark and Trevor Simms combined to pitch 4 scoreless innings, the latter getting the win when Raymel Flores singled home Adam Walton in the top of the 9th. Marcus Wilson went 3 for 4 with a double and RBI after getting the first game of the doubleheader off. Hillsboro Hops 1, Boise Hawks 5: Tyler Keele allowed 4 runs in 5 innings, but none of them were earned thanks to 5 errors behind him. Camden Duzenack was the only 2017 draft pick to get a hit in this game with a double, but also committed two errors in the field. Pavin Smith walked and struck out twice in four plate appearances in his pro debut. Unfortunately, there was no signs of offense from the Hops as they were unable to get enough baserunners on the basepaths in the game. Missoula Osprey 19, Great Falls Voyagers 16: Only in the Pioneer League do you get a combination of bad defense and inexperienced pitching for 35 runs to score. This game was a wild back and forth affair where the team with the most runs after the outs are recorded will stand. The entire Osprey line up reached base at least once with 2017 10th round pick Ryan Grotjohn going 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles in his pro debut. Eventually, the Osprey were able to outscore the Voyagers at the end. [...]

Phillies 6, Diamondbacks 1 - Not a Good Start


Patrick Corbin was on top of his game tonight, but the Diamondbacks’ offense could not break through against the Phillies’ pitching, and the bullpen fell to pieces late. Tonight was the first game of a four-game series against the lowly Philadelphia Phillies. This was supposed to be a game where the Diamondbacks made up ground on one of their division rivals. Alsa, Mark Leiter, Jr. and the Phillies had other plans. The game started off in what is becoming typical “Corbin fashion”, with the Phillies getting a run in the first inning. In Corbin’s defense, David Peralta’s missed catch on a diving attempt set the table for that run, allowing Freddy Galvis to triple. Altherr grounded out, but drove Galvis home. That would be the end of the scoring, by either team, for quite some time. For the next 5 2⁄3 innings, Patrick Corbin pitched solid baseball, stiking out five and walking only one. His opposite was just as sharp though. Leiter, making his first MLB start, kept the Diamondbacks off the board for six innings. The Diamondbacks threatened in the fourth, but were unable to capitalize. In the seventh inning, the Diamondbacks welcomed Rubby De La Rosa back to the mound. The right-hander was activated today, completing his return from the long road of rehab after receiving platlet rich injections for his strained throwing elbow. He faced only one batter, and struck him out on five pitches. The eighth inning is when the game finally picked up again. Jorge De La Rosa came on in relief of Rubby, but was unable to keep Philadelphia off the board. He surrendered a solo home run to Maikel Franco, giving the Phillies a two-run lead. The Diamondbacks responded in the bottom of the eighth. Rey Fuentes led things off with an infield single. That was followed by a strikeout from pinch-hitter, Jeremy Hazelbaker. Hazelbaker was followed by Daniel Descalso, who belted a triple to drive Fuentes home. With a man on third and only one out, David Peralta drilled the first pitch he saw. Unfortunately, Freddy Galvis happened to be standing in just the right place, and caught it.Goldschmidt walked on five pitches, putting runners on the corners for Jake Lamb. Lamb had a very un-Lamb-like at-bat, first swinging at a pitch up near his head, before finally striking out on a wicked offspeed pitch fading into the opposite batter’s box. That ended the Diamondbacks’ threat to tie or take the lead, and also the inning. The ninth inning saw T.J. McFarland take the mound. McFarland had a rough night, giving up four runs on three hits, including a home run to Tommy Joseph. Only one run was counted as earned, as Chris Owings committed his 11th error of the season behind McFarland. Final score: Phillies 6, Diamondbacks 1. Robbie Ray takes the mound tomorrow to face off against Ben Lively, Ray looking to shake off a somewhat rough outing last week against this same Philadelphia team. The gameday thread was only mildly active, with 333 comments. There were two commenters with 38 comments each, to lead the way: Justin27 and smartplays. All present were: AzDbackfanInDc, BigSmarty, Cumulus Choir, DORRITO, DbacKid, GuruB, James Attwood, Joey Lewis, Justin27, Makakilo, Michael McDermott, MrMrrbi, Oscar Goldman, Sprankton, TylerO, Xerostomia, asteroid, coldblueAZ, hotclaws, kilnborn, onedotfive, preston.salisbury, rustynails77, samath, smartplays, winger49 Not much to work with for COTD, but we’re going to take the return of Rubby De La Rosa as something to get excited about. I think we lead the league in De La Rosas. by kilnborn on Jun 23, 2017 | 8:36 PM reply rec (4) flag actions src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="450" width="450" style="border:1px solid black;">Source: FanGraphs The Good: Pat[...]

Game #74, June 23: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies



After an 8-game road trip, the team comes back to Chase Field for a 10-game homestand.