DIAMONDBACKS (35-32) VS. PHILLIES (37-29)
7:05pm ET; NBCSP, FS-A, MLB.TV
The Arizona Diamondbacks, coming off a record-setting power display, will look for their sixth consecutive victory when they face the host Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
The Diamondbacks hit a franchise record eight home runs Monday in a 13-8 win over the Phillies, including back-to-back-to-back homers to start the game. Eduardo Escobar and Ildemaro Vargas each slammed two home runs on the night, and Jarrod Dyson, Ketel Marte, David Peralta and Alex Avila also went deep.
Arizona’s pitching wasn’t nearly as formidable, as the Phillies cracked five homers, resulting in a major-league-record 13 home runs for both teams combined.
The Diamondbacks hope Jon Duplantier (1-0, 3.27 ERA) can slow the Philadelphia offense as he makes his third major league start. He has lasted five innings in each of his first two starts.
Last Wednesday, Duplantier gave up three hits and two runs with a career-high seven strikeouts in a no-decision as the Diamondbacks earned a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Duplantier, 24, was rated the No. 2 prospect in the Diamondbacks’ organization by Baseball America. He has never faced Philadelphia in his brief career.
“I liked what I saw,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said after Duplantier’s latest start. “It was the fastball attack I talked about early. He could feel the fastball pressure, and he stood on the mound and went right at some really good hitters and that set up his secondary stuff.”
Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed missed the Monday game due to a sore left foot, and it was unclear whether he would be back in the lineup on Tuesday.
Ahmed hasn’t had an X-ray or MRI on the foot.
“My foot is sore,” Ahmed told reporters Monday. “I got a bunch of treatment on it and today tried to ramp it up and swing and not really able to swing without compensating and all that. … I trust what (the team trainers) are saying and what they’re thinking.”
The Phillies will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak as they give the ball to Jake Arrieta (5-5, 4.29 ERA). After going 4-2 with a 3.40 ERA through his first seven starts, Arrieta went 1-3 with a 5.45 ERA over his past six starts.
Arrieta allowed only five homers over his first 45 innings, but he has since given up nine home runs over the past 34 2/3 innings.
In Arrieta’s latest start, he surrendered seven hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision at San Diego. Arrieta is 4-3 with a 2.33 ERA in nine career starts against Arizona.
There were some bright spots Monday as Scott Kingery homered twice and tripled, while Rhys Hoskins, Jean Segura and Jay Bruce each went deep.
Bruce has been red hot since the Phillies acquired him from the Seattle Mariners on June 2. He has 19 home runs overall and five with the Phillies.
Bruce, the reigning National League Player of the Week, is hitting .346 with 12 RBIs in seven games since changing teams.
“Coming here, these guys are ready to win,” Bruce said. “That is a top priority of mine.”
Adding Bruce to a potent lineup that already included Segura, Hoskins and Bryce Harper among others has been a perfect recipe.
“He’s really easy to root for,” Hoskins said of Bruce. “The guy has played his tail off. You can see it when he runs down the line and makes outs. He’s had some incredibly big hits. Fans here respond to that kind of thing. He’s just a hard-nosed player. He fits right into this clubhouse.”
–Field Level Media