Adam Eaton has finally received his first decision of the season. Unfortunatley, it is a lost, as the Phils lose to the Diamondbacks, 6-4. And Eaton would be the main reason for the lost as he would give up three walks, two extra-base hits, including a three run home runs, and five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, which Eaton himself would acknowledge later in a post-game interview. The Diamondbacks would score first in the first inning as Conor Jackson hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who has doubled earlier. The Phils would take the lead in the top of the third as Eric Bruntlett hit his second home run of the season off of Randy Johnson, scoring Eaton, who has earlier doubled. Then came the disasterous fourth inning. After giving up two walks and a single, and then getting a fly out, Eaton would walk Johnson, scoring Justin Upton, who has earlier walked. Mark Reynolds, who has singled, would then score on a Young force out, giving the Diamondbacks back the lead at 3-2. Stephen Drew would then followed that up with a three run home run, his fourth of the season, scoring Miguel Monteo, who has walked, and Reynolds, giving the Diamondbacks a 6-2 lead. Eaton would be taken out of the game for a pitch hitter, as he gives up six earned runs on just five hits. The Phils’ bullpen of Rudy Seanez, Tom Gordon and Chad Durbin would then pitch the next four innings as they together kept the Diamondbacks’ bats quiet, while giving up only two hits between them. The Phils’ batters would then slowly start chipping away at Johnson, scoring one run in the fifth on a Bruntlett double, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier gotten on base via a walk, and then scoring another run in the sixth on a Jayson Werth home run, his sixth of the year, making the score 6-4 Diamondbacks. But that would be how the game would end, as the Diamondbacks’ own bullpen of Chad Qualls, Tony Pena and Brandon Lyon would pitch the last three innings, giving up no runs on three hits, saving the game for Randy Johnson.
With the lost, Eaton is still looking for his first win as his record falls to 0-1, with an ERA of 5.63. Johnson, with the victory, increases his record to 2-1, with an ERA of 5.06, as he gives up four earned runs on six hits. Lyon would record his tenth save of the season.
With the lost, the Phils are now tied with the Marlins for first place, trailing the fish by .004 percentage points as the Marlins won their game against the Brewers. The two teams are both leading the Braves and the Mets by 1.5 games as the Braves defeated the Padres, winning their fourth game in a row, while the Mets lost once again to the Dodgers, losing their second straight.
The Phils (19-15) will played the third game of their four games set against the Diamondbacks (22-11) tonight at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Pacific) from Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phillies will be starting Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.01) who will be facing the Diamondbacks for the first time. His last start, against the Giants on May 2, ended in a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits in the Phils’ 6-5, 10-innings win. He’ll be looking for his third win of the year. He will be opposed by Micah Owings (4-1, 4.42) who is coming off of a lost to the Mets on May 2, where he went 5 and 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits in the Diamonbacks’ 7-2 lost. He’ll be looking to recover from the lost.
The Phils will be looking to once again have first place all to themselves, while the Marlins will be playing the second game of their series with the Brewers, the Mets will be playing the final game of their series with the Dodgers in Los Angeles and the streaking Braves will be playing the second of their three games with the Padres in Atlanta.