Deadly Venoms: Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 2

Spot starter Kyle Kendrick made a huge mistake. Home plate umpire made one, too. And new guy Paul Lindblom had his own little oopsie. And so it was that the Diamondbacks stopped the Phillies by a score of 4-2 to claim game one of this weekend series.

Justin Upton absolutely crushed a Kendrick offering deep into the left field seats for the first run of the game. It was majestic and ended Kendrick's weird 22 inning scoreless streak. Arizona would add another run on a Paul Goldschmidt sacrifice fly in the fourth, followed by a Jimmy Rollins error on an infield single and an RBI hit from Chris Johnson.

The Phillies got on the board in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run from Chase Utley, and would add on with a Nate Schierholtz sacrifice fly in the fifth. The Phillies had plenty of other opportunities to score and made a few key mistakes on the basepaths, including a really bad fly ball double play in the first, when Nate Schierholtz got doubled off first on a deep fly out from Chase Utley. Schierholtz appeared completely unaware that the ball might be caught.

Home plate umpire Jim Wolf badly blew a call in the sixth that cost the Phillies a run: with John Mayberry trying to score from second on a two out single by Kevin Frandsen, Mayberry was called out at the plate in a clearly bad call. Like, really gross and bad. The score should have been 3-3, but remained 3-2.

The Diamondbacks scored their final run in the top of the ninth on a long home run from Jason Kubel off new acquisition Josh Lindblom. J.J. Putz retired the side in the ninth to wrap it up.

Gamegraph ahoy.


Source: FanGraphs

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