D'backs Rattle Padilla To Send Phils To 10-1 Loss

With two starting pitchers on the disabled list and another having just come off of the DL, the Arizona Diamondbacks have become very dependant on their offense. Monday night, that plan served them well as they ran away to a 10-1 win over the Phillies, using three homeruns, including a first inning grand slam to set the tone.

Matt Williams may be in the twilight of his career, but his first inning grand slam off Vicente Padilla (3-4) gave the Diamondbacks a good start to their night. Arizona used a first inning single, a walk and a hit batter to load the bases before Williams' slam. That hit batter may have come back to haunt them as well, since Steve Finley was the one that got plunked and he wound up hitting two homeruns later in the game. Finley also tripled to drive in a run and scored another run in the fifth inning.

Padilla lasted four and one-third innings, giving up seven earned runs, including two homeruns. Padilla, had allowed just two homeruns coming into his last start, but has allowed four homeruns in his two starts since then. Finley's triple with one out in the fifth gave Arizona a 6-1 lead which quickly grew to 7-1 when Williams followed with an RBI double. Padilla followed that with a walk to Lyle Overbay and his night ended in favor of Joe Roa, who was able to get two quick outs and end the inning without any further damage. Roa did get himself into trouble in the sixth. Craig Counsell led off with an infield single and stole second before a single by Junior Spivey made it an 8-1 game. Finley also connected on his second homerun of the night – his fifth of the season – to give the Diamondbacks their 10-1 lead.

Roa threw a pitch behind Counsell in the seventh inning, prompting both benches and bullpens to empty, but no real fighting took place. As the Phillies left the field though, several players and Phillies manager Larry Bowa exchanged words with fans behind the Phillies dugout. "The guy had too much to drink and he felt like he was Rambo. A little skinny, pencil neck punk that thinks he is Man Mountain Dean. He can come down any time he wants," explained Bowa.

The only Phillies run came in the third inning. With two outs, Jimmy Rollins singled and then scored on a double by Placido Polanco that was misplayed by Danny Bautista, allowing Rollins to score. Aside from that unearned run, Arizona starter Miguel Batista (2-2) was barely ever in any trouble and pitched a complete game, allowing just seven hits on the night. "We needed someone to step up and go nine innings, so our bullpen phone could rest a night," admitted Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly.

Slumping left fielder Pat Burrell didn't benefit from Sunday's off day. Burrell went 0-for-4 and struck out twice in the game. Mike Lieberthal had two hits to raise his average to .350 and Jimmy Rollins finished the night 3-for-4 as the two accounted for five of the Phillies seven hits.

The series continues Tuesday night with Brandon Duckworth (2-1, 5.56) going against Andrew Good (0-1, 5.25).


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