It might have been ‘Christmas in July’ night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, but there was nothing cheerful about Wade Miley’s outing Friday.
Heading into the National League affair, the Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander had a 3-0 record with a 1.88 ERA in four prior July starts.
Those numbers meant little to the unwelcoming Philadelphia Phillies.
Ryne Sandberg’s squad struck for two quick runs in the opening inning and added to its lead with three more runs over the next two frames.
While Miley made it through five frames, his early woes were enough to plague Arizona in the series opener.
It didn’t help matters, though, that the D-backs’ offense was an absolute no-show against right-hander Kyle Kendrick until the sixth inning.
Alfredo Marte clubbed a grand slam off of reliever Antonio Bastardo to cut the deficit to two, but Arizona was unable to get closer than that, as Philadelphia claimed the contest by a comfortable 9-5 margin.
Here’s a look back at the four-run loss by the numbers:
Marte became the first D-back in team history to hit a grand slam for his first career home run.
For just the second time in 11 road starts this season, Miley allowed more than three earned runs. His last such performance came in a 5-4 loss at Houston back on June 12.
Marte’s grand slam in the sixth was the fourth of the pinch-hit variety in D-backs’ history — and first since 2009.
Since his return from the disabled list on July 11, outfielder Mark Trumbo has hit a woeful .121 (4-for-33) at the plate.
Trumbo struck out twice Friday, including an at-bat in the seventh inning with the bases loaded.
Miley allowed six runs (five earned) in the loss — the same total he had allowed in his four previous July starts combined.
Second baseman Aaron Hill extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games Friday. And in that nine-game span, Hill has had at least two hits on five different occasions.
On the night, he went 3-for-5 at the dish with two doubles.
Kendrick entered the evening with a 10.80 ERA in the first inning of games this season. But despite loading the bases with one out in the opening frame Friday, the 29-year-old left unscathed as Mark Trumbo struck out swinging and Martin Prado flied out to right.
Left-hander reliever Oliver Perez’s 11-game scoreless streak came to an end in the bottom half of the eighth. Perez allowed two hits in the inning, including an RBI double by Grady Sizemore.
Speaking of Sizemore, the three-time All-Star recorded his 1,000th career hit with a single up the middle to lead off the bottom half of the first.
Philadelphia’s two first-inning runs were largely the result of Miley’s three free passes. The left-hander had only issued three walks or more an inning once prior in his career — April 27, 2013 against the Colorado Rockies.