Arrieta and Kingery star as Phillies take down D-backs

Kingery hits a three-run blast, Phils beat D-backs
The Phillies needed a solid outing from Jake Arrieta on Tuesday night and that's exactly what he provided, leading the Phils to a 7-4 victory over the Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park.

The veteran tossed six innings, allowing three runs on six hits. It wasn't anything spectacular, but his performance saved the bullpen from being taxed again following Monday's debacle. Hector Neris tossed a perfect ninth to secure his 14th save.

Offensively, Scott Kingery remained hot and launched a three-run shot in the third inning for his third home run over the span of two days. He's now hitting .324 on the season with an OPS of .995.

“I'd like to start on the development of Scott Kingery and how far he's come in one calendar year,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters afterward. “We're now kind of expecting good, quality plate appearances from him every time he walks up to the plate. He's swinging at fewer pitches outside of the strike zone. When he gets a pitch to hit, he's doing damage or he's taking a great swing and fouling a pitch back.

“He's put in a lot of hard work. We asked a lot of him last year. I just think it's worth noting that he's been sensational for us so far this year.”

The Phillies and Diamondbacks conclude their three-game set on Wednesday night with Zach Eflin facing Merrill Kelly.

Eickhoff Bumped
Kapler announced prior to Tuesday's contest that Jerad Eickhoff was being removed from the starting rotation and would not make his next scheduled start this weekend in Atlanta. Eickhoff was bombed for five homers on five hits on Monday night and has an ERA just shy of 7.00 over his last three starts. As of now, the Phillies have not announced a replacement in the rotation.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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