By: Kayla Mortellaro
PHOENIX— The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Philadelphia Phillies played a game of hard-hit long balls on Monday night.
The two teams combined for four home runs and 26 hits on the night, but ultimately the Dbacks prevailed 13-3 with a six-run sixth inning.
“Trust me, they were swinging the bats also, their ball was flying around the ball park tonight,” manager Chip Hale said after the game. “So, I was glad we got the big inning.”
Rubby De La Rosa did just enough for the Dbacks pitching six innings, giving up eight hits, three earned runs, one home run, and striking out three batters. He threw 92 pitches and 62 for strikes in the winning effort.
“He was a winner tonight,” Hale said on De La Rosa. “That’s what we want from our starters, even without his best stuff I don’t think. His ball was up a little bit. He was over-throwing his change-up and leaving it up there for them to whack around a little bit. But he was able to curb the damage and come in and keep us in the lead. And give us six innings, which was huge.”
The Dbacks roughed up Phillies starter Aaron Harang who pitched 5.1 innings, giving up 12 hits, eight earned runs, and two home runs on 101 pitches with 67 strikes.
In front of an announced crowd of 16,495 fans, a barrage of Dbacks players wreaked havoc on the Phillies pitchers. David Peralta continued his hot-hitting streak going 3-for-5 on the night with two RBI. Paul Goldschmidt is officially out of his mini-slump by going 1-for-2 with a walk (24th on the season), and had two RBI. With the game well under control and knowing the team only has one day off in the month of August, Hale decided to give Goldy a rest, and removed him from the game in the seventh inning.
One of the long-balls came from Yasmany Tomas for his seventh of the season, and he also went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
“I thought Tomas came out tonight with the three days off from starting and really flexed his muscles up there, it was outstanding at bats,” Hale said.
Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with four RBI including his home run of 431 feet to right/center field. The home run was his 15th of the year, but most impressively his eighth home run in his last 12 games. In the seventh inning, AJ Pollock launched his 12th homer of the season to left field. Pollock’s night included going 3-for-5 with two RBI.
Another impressive batting statistic of the game was that the Dbacks had three triples, which tied a club record now done eight times.
Not to be outdone, the Dbacks starting pitchers now have four-straight quality starts. With the win, Arizona is now one game below .500 with a 55-56 record.
The series against the Phillies continues tomorrow night with Jeremy Hellickson (7-8, 5.06 ERA) on the mound against David Buchanan (2-6, 7.23 ERA). First pitch at 6:40.