Philadelphia Phillies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 8/25/13
Arizona Diamondbacks (65-62) at Philadelphia Phillies (58-70)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Patrick Corbin (L) (13-3) (2.455) vs. Roy Halladay (R) (2-4) (8.65)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +132 / Arizona Diamondbacks -142 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Arizona, PHL 17
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks return to the field on Sunday after an 18 inning marathon game on Saturday Night.
The Philadelphia Phillies have been the comeback kings of late and while they were able to tie the score and get the game to extra innings on Saturday, they ended up losing a long hard fought battle. Roger Bernadina, Carlos Ruiz, and Darin Ruf all hit home runs and Jimmy Rollins had three hits as the Phillies scored seven runs on 13 hits. Starting pitcher Ethan Martin gave up three hits, three runs and three walks last night in just two-thirds of an inning, but he left hours before Casper Wells took the loss. For Sunday’s game, the Phillies bring back Roy Halliday, who hit the DL early this season after a miserable start, which led to shoulder surgery. For the year Halliday allowed 33 hits and 33 runs, while striking out 35 over 34.1 innings for a 2-4 record and an 8.65 ERA.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks got out of jam after jam in extra innings on Saturday to get the win and keep their post-season hopes alive. Gerardo Parra ad five hits, Adam Eaton had four hits, and Martin Prado and Wil Nieves each had three hits as the Diamondbacks scored 12 runs on 22 hits. Starting pitcherRandall Delgado allowed just three hits and three runs, while striking out six over 6.0 innings, but Heath Bell blew the save and Trevor Cahill was the eventual winner, raising his record to 5-10 on the year. For Sunday’s game, the Diamondbacks start Patrick Corbin who got a win in his last start. For the season, Corbin has allowed 134 hits and 47 earned runs while striking out 150 over 172.1 innings for a 13-3 record and a 2.45 ERA.
Philadelphia is 5-2 in their last seven home games, 7-19 in their last 26 games as an underdog, and 2-5 in Halladay’s last seven starts. Arizona is 10-21 in their last 31 road games, 3-9 against a right-handed starter, and 22-4 in Corbin’s last 26 starts. Arizona is 3-12 in their last 15 games in Philadelphia.
I am rooting for Halladay as a fan and I always like a good comeback story, especially for a first ballot Hall of Fame player who stayed and played clean in a dirty era, but I see Corbin and the D-Backs carrying over the momentum here.