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#907 Philadelphia Phillies vs.
#908 Arizona Diamondbacks
Monday, August 29, 2022 at 9:40pm EDT
Written by Chris King

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It’s the opening game of an early week series on the diamond between a pair of National League foes in the Valley of the Sun. The Philadelphia Phillies are on the road as they travel to play the first of a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night. Philadelphia closed a three-game series with Pittsburgh at home Sunday looking for a sweep. They prevailed 6-0 Saturday night in the middle game of the series. Arizona played the final game of a three-game series against the White Sox on the road Saturday looking for a sweep as well. The Diamondbacks picked up a 10-5 win on Saturday night. In the first series between the teams this season, Philadelphia took two of three at home back on June 10-12. This article was published prior to the conclusion of both teams’ contests Sunday afternoon.

Philadelphia Phillies Looking to Continue Surging

Philadelphia blanked Pittsburgh at home Saturday night to run their win streak to six games. The Phillies entered Sunday third in the NL East, 9.5 games behind the Mets for the division lead. They held the second wild card spot in the National League, 2.5 games ahead of the Padres, who held the final wild card position, and five games clear of the Brewers to remain on the right side of the cut line. On Saturday, Philadelphia finished with seven hits with no player having more than one. They did all their scoring in the first three innings and coasted from there. Nick Castellanos hit his 13th homer of the season in the victory for the Phillies. Kyle Gibson (9-5) threw seven scoreless innings, allowing six hits with one walk and nine strikeouts, to earn the victory.

Ranger Suarez is on the mound to make his 23rd start of the season for the Phillies in this contest. He comes in 8-5 with a 3.38 ERA, a 1.308 WHIP, 45 walks and 102 strikeouts over 120 innings of work this season. Suarez didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came Tuesday at home against the Reds. He threw 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts in a game the Phillies rallied to win 7-6. In his last three starts, Suarez has no record with a 1.83 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, eight walks and 17 strikeouts over 19.2 innings of work. Suarez makes his seventh career appearance and fourth start against the Diamondbacks in this contest. He has a 1-3 record, a 5.95 ERA, a 2.136 WHIP, 13 walks and 16 strikeouts over 19.2 innings of work. Suarez has a 0-2 record with a 9.00 ERA, a 3.167 WHIP, six walks and three strikeouts over six innings in three career appearances, one start, at Chase Field.

Arizona Diamondbacks Try to Play Spoiler at Home

Arizona won their second straight and their third in the last four games as they bounced back from an early deficit to beat the White Sox on the road Saturday night. The Diamondbacks entered Sunday fourth in the NL West, 29 games behind the Dodgers for the top spot. In the NL wild card picture, the team stood 10.5 games behind the Padres for the final wild card spot. On Saturday night, Jake McCarthy (three runs) had four hits while Geraldo Perdomo (run, three RBI) added a pair for the Diamondbacks to pace an 11-hit attack. Merrill Kelly (11-5) shook off a slow start to earn the win. He threw 7.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts before departing.

Zac Gallen is on the mound for Arizona as he logs his 25th start of the season in this contest. He comes in 9-2 with a 2.66 ERA, a 0.966 WHIP, 38 walks and 138 strikeouts over 138.2 innings of work this year. Gallen didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came Tuesday on the road against the Royals. He threw six innings, allowing no runs on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts in a game the Diamondbacks ended up losing 5-3. In his last three starts, Gallen has a 2-0 record with a 0.00 ERA, a 0.64 WHIP, four walks and 24 strikeouts over 20.1 innings of work. Gallen makes his fourth career start against the Phillies in this contest. He is 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA, a 1.457 WHIP, six walks and 14 strikeouts over 11.2 innings of work. Gallen has a 10-9 record with a 3.22 ERA, a 1.092 WHIP, 64 walks and 227 strikeouts over 198.2 innings in 35 career starts at Coors Field.

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Gallen has been rolling as he hasn’t allowed a run in any of his last four starts, spanning a total of 27.1 innings of work. He’s allowed only 12 hits while fanning 32 hitters in that span but the problem is ensuring that the Diamondbacks provide enough run support. The Arizona bullpen let him down in his last start as Kansas City scored five times in the seventh to wind up with the loss. Philadelphia has been clicking on all cylinders, posting a 50-26 mark entering Sunday under Rob Thomson after Joe Girardi was fired. Suarez has pitched well of late and the Phillies have the better offensive lineup. Arizona’s bullpen wilts and the Phillies tally some runs late to take the opener, wasting a solid effort from Gallen.

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Gallen has been rolling as he hasn’t allowed a run in any of his last four starts, spanning a total of 27.1 innings of work. He’s allowed only 12 hits while fanning 32 hitters in that span but the problem is ensuring that the Diamondbacks provide enough run support. The Arizona bullpen let him down in his last start as Kansas City scored five times in the seventh to wind up with the loss. Philadelphia has been clicking on all cylinders, posting a 50-26 mark entering Sunday under Rob Thomson after Joe Girardi was fired. Suarez has pitched well of late and the Phillies have the better offensive lineup. Arizona’s bullpen wilts and the Phillies tally some runs late to take the opener, wasting a solid effort from Gallen.

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