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Five HRs Power D’backs

Mark Reynolds is always a threat to hit a home run. Unfortunately for Cole Hamels, his two-run shot in the fourth fueled a five-run inning that led to a 7-4 win for the Diamondbacks. Arizona hit five home runs on the night.

Hamels (2-2, 5.11) was out-pitched by Kris Benson. Hamels went six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. He allowed four homers in the game, three of them in that big fourth inning. Benson (1-1, 3.00) lasted six-plus innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits and striking out five.

The offense never truly got going for the Phillies. Ben Francisco had the only multi-hit game with two hits. Shane Victorino’s triple drove in Hamels after the pitcher doubled in the third inning.

Kelly Johnson went 2-for-4 for the Diamondbacks with two homers. Chris Young had three hits and Josh Upton had a pair of hits to get him over the Mendoza line.

The Phillies got a bizarre run in the top of the fourth inning when Jayson Werth skied a ball deep to center field. As Young caught it, he went to take the ball out of his glove and dropped it. Second base umpire Dale Scott ruled it a drop and Werth, who was hustling the entire way, scored to make it a 2-0 game. The ruling: a four-base error.

They gave it one last go in the ninth inning. Raul Ibanez led off with a walk. Brian Schneider followed up with a strike out. Greg Dobbs pinch-hit and flew out in foul territory in left field. Victorino then hit an RBI single after Ibanez stole second to make it a 7-4 game.

Chad Qualls came into the game to face Placido Polanco. He got Polanco to ground out to seal the game and earn his third save on the year.

Doubles: Hamels (1). Triples: Victorino (2).

WP: Benson (1-1). LP: Hamels (2-2). Save: Qualls (3)

Boxscore.

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On a side note, J.C. Romero made his season debut after rehabbing his elbow. His first opponent was Johnson and he belted a homer to right field, his second fo the night. After he walked Stephen Drew on four pitches, the Phillies yanked him.

It was obvious Romero was rusty, not even coming close to hitting his spots. His fastball was between 88 and 90 MPH, not the full velocity he’s used to. Hopefully he will be fine as he gets back to pitching to major league hitting.

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Chris Wheeler and Tom McCarthy went off on one of the dumbest tangents I have ever heard. They spent an entire inning talking about these two guys dressed like Rey Mysterio’s fat cousins. These guys truly are clowns and make me miss Harry Kalas even more and wish Scott Franzke and Larry Anderson get off the radio and do TV.

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3 responses to “Five HRs Power D’backs

  1. philsfaninnewyork April 24, 2010 at 12:46 am

    The 4 HRs allowed by Hamels is the most in his career. He looked a lot like the Hamels from last year as he allowed that hit parade.
    As an MLB Gameday Audio subscriber, I wish Franzke and LA stay on radio ;) Do you miss Scott Graham?

  2. John Russo April 24, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Scott Graham was good but I found the personalities and knowledge that LA and Franzke bring to the game as amazing.

    And I can respect your sentiment as far as being an MLB Audio subscriber. Quality broadcasting is always a plus when the radio is your only true friend in regards to hearing the games haha.

    • philsfaninnewyork April 24, 2010 at 1:22 am

      Yeah, LA and Franzke click better than what I could remember of Graham and Franzke. I only heard 1 season of Graham. I like how Franzke is not like John Sterling (Yankees PBP). Sterling gets excited over a routine fly ball, and comes up with these stupid HR catchphrases (i.e. “A-Rod goes A-Bomb!). Franzke is good even without a “victory catchphrase” (i.e. “Put this one in the win column for the Fightin Phils!”)

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