Game 17 - Saturday Night, April 24th in Phoenix
The dearth of Phillies offense continued in the desert tonight, as the first four hitters in their line-up combined to go 0 for 16. Fortunately for the Phillies, #5 in the order, Jayson Werth, came through with two home runs to lead the team over the Diamondbacks, 3-2. His 9th inning home run broke a 2-all tie, and Ryan Madson closed out the game for his 4th save of the season.
Werth's 2nd inning solo home run broke a streak of 45 consecutive innings without a Phillies' home run - the longest streak since a dry spell in July 2006. Raul Ibañez' 7th inning solo home run, his first of the year, tied the game up.
Nelson Figueroa pitched well in his spot start, lasting 5 innings and giving up 2 runs on 5 hits. Juan Castro, who has filled in nicely at short in Jimmy Rollins' absence, left the game in the 7th with a hamstring issue. Chad Durbin, who has quietly been pitching lights-out, threw two innings of scoreless relief.
Uni Watch: I'll go on the record as saying I am not a fan of the Diamondbacks' black alternate jersey tops, worn tonight. It also bothers me they can't spell out their name on their primary home jersey, opting to go with the abbreviated "D-Backs."