ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

D-backs force extras, take lead before falling to Phillies in 11 innings

Aug 27, 2021, 9:28 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Clippard reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Philadelph...

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Clippard reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies' Brad Miller during the 10th inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Timely hitting nearly got the job done for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night in Philadelphia.

D-backs batters had only six hits and two walks off the Philadelphia Phillies but they got six runs out of them, and two were homers with a runner on. One by Christian Walker in the ninth tied the game up, and the next via Ketel Marte in the 10th, the second of which made it a 6-4 D-backs lead.

But Arizona closer Tyler Clippard gave up a two-run homer of his own in the bottom-half of the inning, tying the game again before the Phillies’ Jean Segura hit a walk-off single in the 11th for a 7-6 final.

“We did enough offensively to win this game, we just couldn’t close the deal,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said.

D-backs relievers gave up five runs on the night, three of which were unearned, as their struggle through this season continued.

The D-backs’ Matt Peacock ran into trouble at a 2-2 scoreline in the seventh inning, walking Andrew McCutchen to start before Nick Ahmed’s throwing error on a ball hit by Odubel Herrera left two runners on with no outs.

The D-backs chose to intentionally walk Bryce Harper at that point, with the star outfielder 2-for-3 on the evening, including a two-run dinger in the second inning.

That gamble didn’t pay off. Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto was next up and hit a two-RBI single, making it a 4-2 deficit for the D-backs before those two clutch long balls.

The Phillies’ Brad Miller delivered the two-run homer off Clippard in the 10th inning, and the D-backs’ Taylor Clarke took on the 11th.

Clarke did some nice work to start the inning, throwing out the free runner on second base at third after a bunt by Philadelphia’s Ronald Torreyes was hit too hard right to the grass in front of Clarke.

But Herrera for Philly immediately singled off Clarke after that, which led to Segura’s walk-off.

Philadelphia starting pitcher Aaron Nola had a solid night, giving up just three hits across 5.1 innings, with seven strikeouts.

The D-backs, to their credit, got two runs out of that and Nola’s pitch count in the 90s before the seventh inning, something Lovullo saw as another positive in a good offensive night for his ball club.

“We drove up that pitch count quickly in a couple different spots and it translated into some good moments for us,” he said.

Ahmed singled to lead off the top of the sixth inning, and after pinch-hitter Bryan Holaday fouled out, second baseman Josh Rojas tripled to score Ahmed. On the next at-bat, third baseman Josh VanMeter brought home Rojas with a sacrifice fly, which made it 2-2.

“The game’s tied with three batters, that’s how potent this offense can be,” Lovullo said.

D-backs starter Taylor Widener had the same earned run total on his record as Nola, two, despite allowing five hits and walking three across 5.0 innings. Even though Widener let the Phillies have multiple baserunners in three of those five innings, Harper’s homer was the only run producer.

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The D-backs’ series in Philadelphia runs through the weekend, with the third game taking place on Saturday. First pitch is at 3:05 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Jake McCarthy catches a fly out by Philadelphia Phillies' Didi Gregorius during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper, right, gestures past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Daulton Varsho after hitting a two-run home run off pitcher Taylor Widener during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper watches after hitting a two-run home run against Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Taylor Widener during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper, right, rounds the bases past Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Taylor Widener, center, after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies' Odubel Herrera breaks his bat on a line out during the third inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper reacts after hitting a two-run home run against Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Taylor Widener during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker catches a pop foul out by Philadelphia Phillies' Jean Segura during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola walks off the field after the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh VanMeter follows through after hitting an RBI-sacrifice fly against Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Connor Brogdon during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi walks to the dugout after pulling pitcher Aaron Nola during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks' Matt Peacock pitches during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies' J.T. Realmuto hits a two-run single off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Peacock during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Peacock reacts after giving up a two-run single to Philadelphia Phillies' J.T. Realmuto during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed, right, throws to first base after forcing out Philadelphia Phillies' J.T. Realmuto at second on a double play hit into by Didi Gregorius during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Hector Neris reacts after the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed, left, is safe at first base past Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Brad Miller on a throwing error by shortstop Didi Gregorius during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker (53) and Pavin Smith (26) celebrate after Walker's two-run home run off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ian Kennedy during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker hits a two-run home run off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ian Kennedy during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Freddy Galvis cannot catch a pop foul ball by Arizona Diamondbacks' Pavin Smith during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker, left, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ian Kennedy, right, during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte watches after hitting a two-run home run against Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Enyel De Los Santos during the 10th inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies' Brad Miller reacts after hitting a two-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Clippard during the 10th inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte hits a two-run home run off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Enyel De Los Santos during the 10th inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte, right, and Jake McCarthy celebrate after Marte's two-run home run against Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Enyel De Los Santos during the 10th inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Clippard reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies' Brad Miller during the 10th inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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