The Arizona Diamondbacks had their seven-game win streak obliterated and their asses handed to them in Wednesday night's 9-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
The Snakes may have shocked the sports world on Tuesday by getting an upset win over Philly and best-pitcher-in-baseball Roy Halladay, but the onetime world champs struck back last night with another of the four aces in their arsenal.
Left-hander Cliff Lee was dynamite on the mound against the Diamondbacks as he scattered three hits over seven innings and struck out three.
Too bad the same can't be said for Arizona's Joe Saunders, who put up a good effort until he fell apart in the bottom of the seventh. That's when the game, which was tied at 2-2, went to hell for Arizona.
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Saunders had logged 90 pitches up to that point and began to falter almost immediately. He walked lead-off man Hunter Pence walked, John Mayberry singled to right and put runners on the corners, and an RBI double from Wilson Valdez broke the tie and put Philly on top. Joe Patterson came from the bullpen to stop the bleeding, but inherited one of Saunders' runners, who was plated after a Ben Francisco sacrifice fly before the relief pitcher could get the outs to end the inning.
While that was all the juice that the Phillies needed to win, they added another four runs in the eighth inning against Brad Ziegler and Zach Duke when Mayberry, Brian Schneider, Jimmy Rollins, and Shane Victorino all executed RBI and scoring heroics.
The Snakes slipped a bit in the standings with the loss, as the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves last night to whittle the gap to only 2.5 games in the National League West. The Diamondbacks have a chance to extend that lead later today during the rubber game of their series with the Phillies later today. Thankfully, Arizona's ace Ian Kennedy (15-3, 3.12 ERA) will be handling the baseball during the contest as he goes against Philadelphia's Vance Worley (8-1, 2.85 ERA). First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. local time. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620-AM. For more information, visit www.dbacks.com.