After losing three straight brutal contests to the Pirates and Diamondbacks, the Phillies got back in the win column in style. They absolutely pummeled the D-Backs 18-2 in the last game of their three-game set in Arizona. Spot starter Bailey Falter was excellent once again, while every member of the lineup contributed to the rout.
Falter has been terrific over his past few starts, and he continued his fine work on Wednesday night. The 25-year-old hurled 6.1 strong innings, allowing only one earned run on five hits and no walks, while punching out six. Nick Nelson had a nice bounceback game as well, twirling 2.2 innings of one run ball with three hits and a strikeout. On the flip side, the Phils humiliated Arizona so much that they called on catcher Carson Kelly to record the last four outs.
In classic Phillies style, the offense went absolutely nuts, as each member of the starting lineup recorded multiple hits. Despite no home runs, Phillies hitters still notched a season-high 22 base hits, and walked eight times. Standouts were Rhys Hoskins and Brandon Marsh with three knocks each, as well as the recently returned Bryce Harper who collected three hits and two walks. Even pinch hitter Garrett Stubbs got in on the action, lacing a two-run double into left field off of Kelly.
It’s a much needed rebound for a Phillies team that had struggled over the past few days. After being outscored 30-10 in their past three games, the floodgates finally opened and this potent offense let loose. After today’s off day, the Phils will head to San Francisco to take on a mediocre Giants squad, and will hope to keep this style of play rolling.