The Diamondbacks unleashed a record-setting barrage of power against the Phillies pitching staff on Monday night, clubbing eight home runs in a 13-8 victory. It was clear from the very first pitch that this might not be the Phillies’ night. Jarrod Dyson sent Jerad Eickhoff’s first offering into the stands, and Ketel Marte followed that with a blast of his own. One batter later, David Peralta completed the trifecta.
It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when the game was actually trending the Phillies’ direction. Jean Segura hit a solo home run in the first, and later scored another run to tie the game at three. (That second run came after he was twice ruled out on the bases and had the call overturned by review.) Meanwhile, after his poor start, Eickhoff settled down, retiring nine batters in a row.
In the fourth, Eickhoff became unsettled. Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run home run and two batters later, Alex Avila blasted a two-run shot of his own. That marked the end of Eickhoff’s night, but Ranger Suarez didn’t fare much better, giving up home runs of his own to Escobar and Ildemaro Vargas in the fifth. Vargas would eventually add another home run in the ninth to set a Diamondbacks team record.
The Phillies did hit four home runs of their own - including two by Scott Kingery - which meant that the game set a new Major League record.
Being part of a record-setting performance seems like a good thing, but if the Phillies want to win more games, it would be great if the pitching staff figured out a way to keep the ball in the park.