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Wild Card-Holding Phillies, Arrieta Aim for Series Win Over D-Backs

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Behind RHP Jake Arrieta and tied with the Washington Nationals for the top National League Wild Card spot, the Philadelphia Phillies (59-53) will take on the Arizona Diamondbacks (56-57) in the second of a three-game series Tuesday evening at Chase Field.

Arrieta will oppose fellow 10-year veteran RHP Mike Leake, who will make his Diamondbacks debut. Recently acquired Phillies outfielder Corey Dickerson will make his second start with the club in left field; he will lead off.

The Phillies began their fourth-to-last, seven-game road trip on a high note late Monday, defeating the Diamondbacks in the series opener, 7-3. The Phillies never looked back when they took a 3-1 lead in the third thanks to J.T. Realmuto's RBI double and Jean Segura's RBI single. Scott Kingery produced the Phillies' first run in the second, homering in his hometown. The Phillies offense finished with 13 total hits, six RBI, four walks and seven strikeouts, while the defense turned four double plays. Right-hander Vince Velasquez earned the win, allowing only two runs, six hits and two walks through seven frames.

A win on Tuesday would snap the Phillies' five consecutive series skid against the Diamondbacks, which dates back to June 16-18, 2017.


Starting Pitching Matchup:

Philadelphia Phillies (59-53) Arizona Diamondbacks (56-57)
RHP Jake Arrieta RHP Mike Leake
(8-8, 4.44 ERA) (9-8, 4.27 ERA)

RHP Jake Arrieta, Age: 33

  • Career vs. ARI: 5-3, 2.43 ERA, 10 G, 10 GS, 66 2/3 IP, 51 H, 24 R, 18 ER, 3 HR, 19 BB, 65 SO, 1.050 WHIP
  • Career at Chase Field: 2-1, 2.67 ERA, 5 G, 5 GS, 33 2/3 IP, 25 H, 13 R, 10 ER, 3 HR, 10 BB, 31 SO, 1.040 WHIP

Despite continuing to pitch with a bone spur in his right elbow, Arrieta has posted a 3.20 ERA over his last four starts, in which the Phillies have won three. The 10-year veteran has not thrown more than 5 2/3 innings in five straight starts, dating back to July 6 before the All-Star break.

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RHP Mike Leake, Age: 31 (Diamondbacks debut)

  • Career vs. PHI: 3-3, 5.05 ERA, 11 G, 11 GS, 66 IP, 69 H, 38 R, 37 ER, 10 HR, 12 BB, 51 SO, 1.227 WHIP
  • Career at Chase Field: 1-2, 6.53 ERA, 5 G, 5 GS, 30 1/3 IP, 37 H, 23 R, 22 ER, 5 HR, 7 BB, 20 SO, 1.451 WHIP

The Diamondbacks acquired Leake and cash considerations, just minutes before the trade deadline on July 31 from the Seattle Mariners, for infielder prospect Jose Caballero; Leake waived his no-trade clause to join the Diamondbacks, who currently sit 3 1/2 games behind the Phillies and Washington Nationals in the National League Wild Card race.

Leake has walked just three batters over his last nine starts and 55 1/3 innings.


Starting Lineups:

Philadelphia Phillies (59-53) Arizona Diamondbacks (56-57)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 LF Corey Dickerson L 1 RF Jarrod Dyson L
2 1B Rhys Hoskins R 2 CF Ketel Marte S
3 RF Bryce Harper L 3 2B Eduardo Escobar S
4 C J.T. Realmuto R 4 LF David Peralta L
5 SS Jean Segura R 5 1B Christian Walker R
6 2B Cesar Hernandez S 6 3B Jake Lamb L
7 3B Scott Kingery R 7 SS Nick Ahmed R
8 CF Adam Haseley L 8 C Alex Avila L
9 P Jake Arrieta R 9 P Mike Leake R

Broadcast Information:

  • First pitch: 9:40 p.m.
  • TV: NBCSP
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game Notes:

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  • Segura played 153 games with the Diamondbacks in 2016; he is 7-for-24 in his career against Leake with a triple, walk and strikeout (.292/.320/.375). Realmuto, meanwhile, is hitless in 10 career at-bats against the right-hander, while Bryce Harper is 3-for-18 with two home runs.

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  • Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb is 7-for-15 lifetime against Arrieta with two doubles, three RBI, and five strikeouts (.467/.467/.600).

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What's Next:

  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m.
    • Chase Field, Phoenix, Ariz.
    • LHP Jason Vargas (6-5, 3.93 ERA) vs. RHP Zac Gallen (1-3, 2.72 ERA)
    • TV: NBCSP; Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

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