Philadelphia Phillies Destroy D-Backs 8-1 As Dan Haren Nabs an Epic Fail

Who is this guy and what did he do with Dan Haren on Wednesday night?
Who is this guy and what did he do with Dan Haren on Wednesday night?

Hard Luck got his ticket punched during the third inning when his first pitch to four-time All-Star infielder Chase Utley became a two-run homer. His nightmare continued in the fifth as Jimmy Rollins smacked a line-drive double and Shane Victorino hit a grounder single before watching Ryan Howard clear the bases from a 1-2, two-out fastball. Jayson Werth then rubbed in a little extra salt to the gaping wound with a solo jack to the center-field seats.

Hope you enjoyed your ride, Daniel.

A majority of the D-Backs lineup joined Haren on his journey of futility, as they were shut down handily by Cliff Phifer Lee. The Cy Young-winning southpaw, who was traded away to the Phillies from Ceveland last month, was phiring off phastballs of the two-seamer and cutter variety that resulted in a staggering 11 Ks against the Snakes. (Roy Halladay, who?)

Lee pitched a full nine innings (his fifth complete game of the season) and had a no-no going into the sixth when Chad Tracy spoiled things with base-hit single. (Ryan Roberts scored an unearned run in the fourth frame after reaching second on a throwing error by Philly catcher Pedro Feliz and then crossing the dish via a sac-fly by Stephen Drew). 

Clay Zavada and Juan Gutierrez didn't fare any better out of the bullpen as each reliever gave up late-game dingers to Victorino and Werth, respectively. 

Hopefully, Doug Davis (7-10, 3.59 ERA) will fair better in tonight's (thankfully) final match-up of the series with Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. His opponent is scheduled to be Joe Blanton (7-6, 3.88) and first pitch is at 4:05 p.m. Arizona time. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR-AM 620. More info:

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