After waiting two hours and seventeen minutes for rain, the Phillies bullpen gave up a measly run in six innings of work in a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. David Herndon picked up the win as he struck out four in three relief innings of Vance Worley. Ian Kennedy, who came in 15-3, took the loss after giving up three runs in three innings before the rain came. Raul Ibanez had two hits while John Mayberry Jr’s two run home run in the third inning proved to be the difference maker. The Diamondbacks could only muster three hits off of Vance Worley, David Herndon, Mike Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, and Ryan Madson, who picked up his 23rd save in 24 opportunities. The Diamondbacks head south to Atlanta to take on the Braves while the Phillies head to CBP South to take on the Washington Nationals.
Doubles machine Wilson Valdez got the scoring started in the second inning when he doubled home Raul Ibanez with two out. Valdez has doubles in back to back nights after going fifty-nine days without an extra base hit. Arizona would have a runner in scoring position with two out in the third inning, but Willie Bloomquist grounded out to Worley. After a Jimmy Rollins single to lead off the bottom of the third, John Mayberry hit a long home run that hit off the foul pole to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead. After Brian Schneider popped out to end that inning, the tarp came off the field and the rain delay started. After a little over two hours, Worley and Kennedy were done, and David Herndon and Micah Owings replaced them. Raul added a RBI double off of Owings and that was all for the Phillies. They went hitless from sixth inning on. Paul Goldschmidt added a lead off home run in the eight inning off of Mike Stutes to sum up the scoring. The Phillies bullpen finished with just two hits allowed in six innings.
-Mayberry needs more at bats. I will beat that drum to death. Raul should not play against lefties.
-I’m not a fan of David Herndon, but he did do a hell of a job replacing Worley.
-I wasn’t that impressed by Ian Kennedy, granted it was only three innings.
-In case you were wondering why the long rain delay…Arizona is only in Philadelphia once. Kind of hard to make up this game with Arizona on the other side of the country.
– Another series win, first team to 80 wins. Just so much fun to watch