Sunday’s match-up seemed, by all accounts, to be looking good for the Diamondbacks. It was a gorgeous day with fresh, clean air. We had our No. 1 starter out on the hill. The contradicting beginning pitcher, Sean O Sullivan, had not had a noteworthy group win as a starter since 2011. Captain Chip Hale put the “A” Team in the lineup, with the highest point of the request including Trumbo, Goldy, Pollock, and Tomas consecutive. Also, Tomas homered on Saturday, maybe showing his bat is at long last warmed up this season.
In any case, Sunday simply wasn’t our day. Collmenter looked not terrible, not awesome, for around 5 innings, before he disentangled a bit in the 6th. In the 2nd inning, he did surrender a fair hit to Hernandez, and an ensuing sac RBI to Rupp. At that point, Ruf had a performance shot in the fourth. Yet, in the 6th, Maikel Franco had a RBI triple, and after that Hernandez had a RBI twofold. That put the Phillies ahead 4-0. However, with a sluggish Diamondbacks offense, trailing 4 keeps running behind in the 6th was sufficient to close down any confidence of a rebound.
After that, Delgado came in for help, and afterward surrendered a homer to Franco in the 8th. Side note for those of you that aren’t acquainted with Maikel Franco, he is one of the few sparkling youthful stars in the Phillies association. Also, he’s great. Man, do I would rather not see the Diamondbacks lose, however in the event that we’re going to lose, the silver coating is having the capacity to catch a look at the best in class ability in the association.
As said, our offense was really powerless. A couple singles here and there, however nothing truly gelled. Tomas had a couple of singles. Hill powered his fifth double of the year, which was the main additional extra-base hit for us. Trumbo drew a walk after beginning his first at-bat 0-2. Pollock was placed in the clean up position, yet did not have hardly anything to clean up. Overall, it was a moderately blahh day. O’Sullivan was viable with his pitches overall. His breaking ball was off-kilter throughout the day, yet Rupp controlled well behind the plate.
Ironically, the highlight of this milquetoast Sunday afternoon at the park for the Diamondbacks was witnessing an impolite Phillies fan stealing a homer ball from an older woman, and the Diamondbacks TV camera person got it all on tape, prompting announcer Bob Brenly to send her a D-Backs shirt from the announcer box. The old lady put on the D-backs shirt on top of the Phillies shirt, and was cheered by Diamondbacks fans. That’s how you play Philly? Not surprised.
It’s looking like the whole Philadelphia series was a somewhat of a lost cause. Could it be that it was the gloomy, stormy, discouraging climate? It’s difficult to say. Hopefully some Miami daylight will shine some light on a lackluster season. We were playing close to .500 ball Before the Washington series. Furthermore, with Tomas looking more and more like the hitter he was expected to be, Hill getting stronger at bats, and obviously, Trumbo and Goldy both performing great, things could progress.