The Phillies fought hard against the D-Backs to avoid being swept for the first time in a long time. In what was a patchy game for both pitchers, it was the Offense that shone and more specifically, Cameron Rupp.
Rupp homered before setting a new career record of four runs in Wednesday’s war seeing the Phillies take a narrow win over Arizona. His sixth inning three-run homer broke a 4-4 tie, Rupp then drove in yet another run with a sacrifice flyball.
Aaron Nola won for the third time in four games despite suffering a shaky start. The rookie allowed four runs and nine hits in the five innings he pitched, striking out two guys in the process.
It was the Phillies bullpen that almost cost them the lead and indeed the game. The D-Backs got a single run in both the 7th and 8th inning before closer Ken Giles impressed yet again, pitching a scoreless inning and sealing the deal for his seventh save. Giles is more than a worthy replacement for the recently departed Papelbon it seems.
The Phils take a much deserved break tomorrow before playing on Friday night at Miller Park to take on the Brewers in an attempt to re-ignite a winning streak.