Lively relishes first big league home run

Righty is first Phillies rookie pitcher to go deep since '95

June 25th, 2017

PHOENIX -- The Phillies celebrated wildly as circled the bases in the fourth inning Saturday night at Chase Field.

It would be their only highlight of the night.

Lively crushed a two-run home run to right-center field against D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray in a 9-2 loss. It was the first homer of Lively's career, and he became the first Phillies pitcher to homer in a game since on May 10, 2015, and the first Phillies rookie pitcher to homer in a game since Tyler Green on Aug. 23, 1995.

"I was pretty pumped up about that," Lively said. "Then I kind of stayed a little too pumped up."

After Lively's homer handed the Phillies a 2-1 lead -- it was the first time the Phillies scored their only runs on a pitcher's homer since Cliff Lee went deep on July 9, 2011 -- he allowed a game-tying run in the bottom of the fourth, a run to lose the lead in the fifth and two more runs in the sixth.

Lively allowed seven hits, five runs (four earned) and one home run in 5 1/3 innings. He walked none and struck out none.

"I was getting squeezed on some pitches down in the zone and it got me a little bit more … I wouldn't say really frustrated, but just going, going, going," he said. "I kind of let the speed of the game catch up to me and I usually don't let that happen and I made some bad pitches."

Lively (1-2, 3.90 ERA) had posted four quality starts in the first four starts of his career before the D-backs got to him Saturday.

"I just kind of let it get away from me tonight," Lively said.

Lively struck out swinging in his first at-bat against Ray before hitting the short-lived go-ahead homer.

"He blew fastballs right by me," Lively said. "I was like, 'Dang, that's pretty firm.' Then the next at-bat they gave me the go-ahead on the first pitch and it was right there."

Rookie left-hander made his big league debut. He allowed two hits, one run and one walk in one inning. He hit a batter and struck out one.

"He didn't look nervous, but I'm sure he'd like to take that back," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.