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Saturday Night Dive

The Phillies had won two in a row going into last night’s tilt with the Diamondbacks. Cliff Lee was back on the mound for his second start since returning from the disabled list. He pitched better last night than the last night time out, but was still not as sharp as he’s been in the past.

However, it was not Lee, but the bullpen that failed the Phillies on Saturday night.

The offense staked the team to a 6-2 lead after three innings. Lee allowed a first inning run, and then two more in the third and fourth.

The Phillies scored four runs in the second, starting with a two run home run by Cody Asche. After Lee and Grady Sizemore singled back to back, Jimmy Rollins sent Lee home with a double. Sizemore would score on a single by Chase Utley.

They added two more in the third, starting with a solo home run by Marlon Byrd. Two batters later, Carlos Ruiz w0uld double. Lee then helped his cause with the bat again, singling Ruiz home for the Phils’ sixth and final run.

Lee would depart after the fifth inning, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and two walks. He left with the lead, but his bullpen ultimately falter.

Justin De Fratus allowed two runs in the sixth, and Mario Hollands was charged with a run in the seventh that tied the game for Arizona. Kenny Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each worked a scoreless inning, and the Phils’ offense would fail to score again.

That sent the game to the 10th inning, when Antonio Bastardo took over on the hill. After getting one out, he allowed a single, a double and a sacrifice fly in succession to give Arizona the lead. He then walked Paul Goldschmidt intentionally to put runners on the corners with one out. Bastardo then gave up a three run pinch-hit home run to Nick Evans that gave the Dbacks a 10-6 lead.

The Phillies would lose the game to Arizona, despite outhitting them 17-16. They left 14 men on base, and went a miserable 4-17 with runners in scoring position. Keep in mind that one of those four hits came from Lee.

All told, De Fratus, Hollands and Bastardo combined to allow seven runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings pitched.

The Phils look to win this weekend series with Arizona this afternoon when Roberto Hernandez takes the hill. First pitch 1:35.

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