It used to be routine for Ryan Howard to accept congratulations from teammates. Image Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies Look to Continue Their Hot Play Against Gentile Paul Goldschmidt and the Arizona Diamondbacks


 

Dom Brown led the Phillies to their second consecutive ninth inning victory on Thursday. Image Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

 

What’s better than a walk-off victory?  TWO walk-off victories!  For the second night in a row, the Phillies came from behind in the ninth inning on Thursday to defeat the Colorado Rockies.  I’m not sure if the Phillies are actually playing with more fire under new manager Ryne Sandberg, but these victories are much more enjoyable than all of those losses the team was suffering a week ago.

The Phillies will try to keep the good times rolling as they welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks.

What’s the Deal with the Diamondbacks

The D-Backs are far enough from a playoff spot (9.5 GB in division, 7 GB in wild card) that it’s difficult to consider them legitimate contenders, but JUST close enough to not be able to give up on the season.  For as disappointing as this Phillies season has been, at least they’re not giving anyone false hope, right?

Phillies vs. Diamondbacks – The Rivalry

Aside from when the D-Backs trade raped the Phillies for Curt Schilling (Apologies to all of those Omar Daal fans out there) is there any sort of connection between these two teams?  They play each other home and away each year, and the games are almost guaranteed to be un-memorable.  I know that they faced off in Arizona earlier this season, but I can’t recall anything that actually happened in any of those games.

Checking the schedule, I see that they split that four-game set, with the Phillies winning the finale in extra innings.  The hero in that game?  Ryan Howard, who delivered a two-run single in the tenth inning.  In previous years, we expected that sort of thing out of Howard.  In 2013, that qualified as big news.

If anyone reading this can remember a memorable Phillies vs. Diamondbacks game from the past, please leave a comment discussing it.

D-Backs Player Who Isn’t Entirely Horrible

Paul Goldschmidt may be having the best season by a Diamondbacks hitter since Luis Gonzalez hit 57 home runs in 2001.  (It still boggles my mind that Luis Gonzalez hit 57 home runs in a season.  It shows you just how skewed offensive numbers were back then)

In case anyone was wondering, Goldschmidt is not Jewish.  His father is Jewish, but he identifies as Christian.  I find that to be a bit of a relief.  After all that crap with Ryan Braun, it would make me a little nervous to see another Jewish player have unexpected success.  If Goldschmidt does eventually get busted for PEDs, it will be some other religion’s problem.  (By the way, there is absolutely no evidence that Goldschmidt has ever used PEDs.  I don’t want to start any rumors.)

Anyway, Goldschmidt is having a spectacular season with a National League leader 31 home runs and 100 RBIs.

D-Backs Player Who is Horrible

Jason Kubel hit 30 home runs in 2012.  It is extremely doubtful that he will do so again in 2013.  He’s been mostly been used as a platoon hitter, despite his numbers against right-handed pitchers not being anything special.  In 203 at bats against righties, he only has five home runs and a .301 on base percentage.

Tweet of Importance

I forgot that the Diamondbacks have thousands of uniform combinations.  They’re the Oregon Ducks of baseball!  Those teal trimmed jerseys are kinda cool though.

Final Take

The Phillies are feeling good after the series with the Rockies.  Let’s see if the good times can continue.

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