Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen fumbles sweep of Philadelphia Phillies

May 24, 2023, 1:57 PM

Zac Gallen #23 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws a pitch in the bottom of the second inning agains...

Zac Gallen #23 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws a pitch in the bottom of the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 24, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

It should have been a fairly clinical Arizona Diamondbacks win that maintained their outstanding form as the hottest team in the National League. But the bullpen made the afternoon in Philadelphia against the Phillies dramatic, and then they blew it, 6-5 in 10 innings.

Starting ace Zac Gallen nearly bounced back from a rough go in his last outing and had a 5-0 advantage to work with in the sixth inning.

Gallen put two runners on with two outs in the fourth and fifth innings, able to escape without damage both times after a painless opening to the game.

But once he did it for the third straight time in the sixth, up to 100 pitches, he was pulled for reliever Kevin Ginkel.

Ginkel gave up an RBI single that should have been it for the inning after a throw into third by center fielder Dominic Fletcher was in the dirt that would have been the final out. Instead, Alec Bohm advanced to second and then both he and Kody Clemens scored on Brandon Marsh’s two-RBI single.

Gallen’s line was two earned runs in 5.2 innings on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

That cut Arizona’s lead down to two and the D-backs were hoping that leaving the bases loaded with no outs in the sixth after three straight walks would not come back to bite them. Ditto for two on with one out in the seventh, which ended with the bases loaded on a Pavin Smith popout.

It eventually did.

Ginkel let the bottom half be eventful, with a runner getting to third on two outs following a single, wild pitch and groundout. Scott McGough cleaned that up against Nick Castellanos by striking him out and then turned in a 1-2-3 eighth inning.

Jose Ruiz was the defacto closer called upon for the ninth. He retired his first two batters but a Bryson Stott single and two-run dinger for Trea Turner tied it and sent the game to extras. Ruiz stayed in, walked one and gave up the walk-off single to Bohm.

Emmanuel Rivera drove in three runs for Arizona and Evan Longoria brought home a pair with his two-run shot in the third inning that had it at 5-0.

Longoria has been slotted in the lineup by manager Torey Lovullo against both righties and lefties but the latter is where the veteran hitter still has lots of success at this stage of his career. That has translated this season. While 56.7% of his plate appearances coming into Wednesday are against left-handed pitchers, 78.3% of his 23 times reaching base this year have come against those guys. It’s over 300 points of a difference in his OPS.

His homer was crushed off Phillies lefty Ranger Suarez, who has now given up 12 earned runs in 11.0 innings this season.

The D-backs return home after going 6-3 on a three-series road trip. Their four-game winning streak is donezo and their record now sits at 29-21.

Corbin Carroll had a hit and a walk on Wednesday, wrapping up his road trip with 10 hits, nine walks and one hit by pitch in 42 plate appearances.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Emmanuel Rivera #15 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a single against the Miami Marlins during the ...

Alex Weiner

D-backs’ Emmanuel Rivera building role after challenge to prove himself

Emmanuel Rivera started the year in Reno with something to prove and has been a consistent threat in the D-backs' lineup since coming back.

1 day ago

Gabriel Moreno #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks gets ready in the batters box against the Milwaukee ...

Alex Weiner

D-backs catcher Gabriel Moreno learning on the job, Carson Kelly nears return

D-backs catchers Gabriel Moreno and Jose Herrera have held down the fort with Carson Kelly on the 60-day injured list.

1 day ago

Eddie Rosario #8 of the Atlanta Braves hits a grand slam against the Arizona Diamondbacks during th...

Arizona Sports

D-backs’ bullpen falters late in rubber match with Braves

Miguel Castro's blown save cost the Arizona Diamondbacks a series victory against the Atlanta Braves at Chase Field.

2 days ago

Starting pitcher Merrill Kelly #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is removed by manager Torey Lovullo ...

Alex Weiner

Dark 2021 season continues to motivate newly-extended Torey Lovullo, D-backs

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said after agreeing to an extension he learned from 2021 and uses that season as a motivator.

1 day ago

Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks talks with home plate umpire Lance Barksdale ...

Arizona Sports

D-backs manager Torey Lovullo at peace with 1-year extensions

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said he is out to prove himself every year, even if he would love to stay with Arizona long term.

2 days ago

Josh Rojas #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is tagged out by Sean Murphy #12 of the Atlanta Braves a...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks out-executed by Braves, win streak snapped

Atlanta ended Arizona's six-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory, one in which Spencer Strider tossed six innings with two earned runs.

2 days ago

Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen fumbles sweep of Philadelphia Phillies