For 16 minutes, Ben Lively labored. He threw 33 pitches in the first inning. The Diamondbacks crushed two homers.
And, again, Lively found a way to survive six innings.
"I pretty much just blew it up and started back over," Lively said. "I kind of settled back down."
The rookie righthander continued to defy logic in Sunday's 5-4 Phillies loss. Pitchers typically lose effectiveness when facing a lineup for the third or fourth time in a game. But Lively, each time, has endured a rough beginning only to post zeroes later.
Lively has allowed eight runs in the first and second innings this season. He has allowed two runs in every other inning. He has applied sound in-game adjustments.
"I remember hitters in the first round, what happened, why they got that hit," Lively said. "I just feel like I have a better approach to them after seeing them live and out there during the game and how they're hitting that day."
Lively, known as a contact pitcher, struck out six in his six innings. He had struck out a total of five in his first 21 big-league innings. He became the fifth Phillies starter to throw four quality starts in his first four outings. The others: Brandon Duckworth (2001), Bruce Ruffin (1986), Jack Kraus (1943), and Euel Moore (1934)
"I'm feeling pretty good," Lively said. "I'm filling up the strike zone and making big outs when I need to."
The Phillies' short-season, rookie-ball team at Williamsport opens its season Monday with an intriguing roster. Jhailyn Ortiz, the 18-year-old slugging Dominican outfielder who signed a franchise-record $4 million bonus, is on the roster. So is Cole Stobbe, last year's third-round pick who signed for an above-slot bonus of $1.1 million.
There are 10 teenagers on the initial roster, which will soon change when the Phillies add signed draft picks. The team did not release information Sunday on which picks have or have not yet signed.
Adam Haseley, the No. 8 pick earlier this month, will begin his professional career at Williamsport sometime this month.
The youngest member of the current Williamsport roster is Jonathan Guzman, a well-regarded Dominican shortstop who signed for $60,000. He is 17. Guzman may not be with Williamsport for long; he could head to the Gulf Coast League once some of the draft picks sign.
Former big-league catcher Pat Borders will manage the Crosscutters for the third straight season.
Tommy Joseph extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the fifth inning. It's the longest streak for a Phillies hitter this season and the longest current streak in the league. ... All four of Ty Kelly's RBIs this season have scored go-ahead runs. ... The Phillies are off Monday. They will face St. Louis for three, with two veterans on the mound Tuesday. It's Jeremy Hellickson against Mike Leake. Nick Pivetta will oppose Michael Wacha on Wednesday, with Aaron Nola against Carlos Martinez on Thursday.