|Final — 11 innings||R||H||E|
|Cincinnati Reds (22-29)||4||9||2|
|Philadelphia Phillies (21-33)||5||7||2|
|W: Garcia (2-1) L: Mattheus (0-1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Outstanding performance by Mike Leake tonight. Leake held the Phillies hitless until the seventh inning, and pitched into the ninth inning, surrendering just two runs on three hits, while striking out nine. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the win because Aroldis Chapman couldn’t close the door.
–Brandon Phillips is no one’s idea of the ideal leadoff hitter, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better performance from a Reds leadoff hitter than we saw tonight. BP reached base four times in five ABs, going 3-5 with a double, a walk, and two RBI. I’ll take that every night, please.
–Joey Votto hit his tenth homer, a two-run shot in the top of the ninth, and went 3-6. Unfortunately, it didn’t secure the win because Aroldis Chapman couldn’t close the door.
–Billy Hamilton made at least two plays tonight that your average center fielder couldn’t dream of making, including one in the ninth that saved a run. I know we are all frustrated when Hamilton struggles at the plate, but try to remember that he brings real value to the club with his glove, even when he’s not hitting.
–Have we mentioned that Aroldis Chapman blew this one tonight? Chapman entered the game after Leake permitted two base runners without recording an out in the bottom of the ninth, but with the score still 4-0 in favor of the good guys. A few minutes later, the score was 4-4 and we were headed to the tenth inning.
–Zack Cozart hit 5th in the order tonight. I like Cozart. He’s great defensively, and he’s been better than expected with the bat so far in 2015. I hope he makes the All-Star team this year. But hitting fifth? Really? Come on.
Cozart went 0-6 tonight.
–The Reds lost when Ryan Mattheus couldn’t handle an easy throw from Votto at first base in the 11th, permitting Cody Asche to score the winning run from second base for the Phils. Perfect way for this Reds team to lose a game in extra innings.
–For the second straight night, the Reds snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Against one of the worst teams in baseball. Fun!
–Five years ago, these two teams met in the playoffs. Much has changed since then. For example: these two teams are not good any longer.
–Good to see Leake pitch a good game after his recent struggles. Still, he’s never tossed a shutout. I wish he had tonight.
–This surprised me:
Sooo, 51 games into the season, Jay Bruce (29) has more walks than Joey Votto (28), and owns the #Reds team lead.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Wick Terrell (@wickterrell) June 4, 2015
–Jay Bruce made his first error of the season tonight, in the ninth inning. Permitted an extra base. Last night, Bruce lost one in the lights, reminiscent of that fateful play during the 2010 playoffs. Bruce is a great defensive player, but he tends to struggle in Philly, huh?
First blown save for Chapman but he does have three Ls in tie games. 15 BB in 23.1 IP, 20 H. Trade value not exactly sky high right now.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) June 4, 2015
–People on Twitter were blaming manager Bryan Price for this loss. Aroldis Chapman — Price’s best pitcher — blew the game in the bottom of the ninth with a 4-0 lead, yet some wanted to blame Price. I’m not a fully-paid member of the Bryan Price Fan Club, but give me a break.
Listen, if you’ve read this dumb little website (I’m talking about Redleg Nation here) for the last decade, you know that I’ve never been afraid to criticize the organization or those who are making the decisions. And I’m not going to go out of my way to defend Bryan Price; he’s made some indefensible moves as manager of the Redlegs. But we have to be intellectually honest here. You just can’t blame Price for the way this game unfolded. If Chapman pitches like the Chapman we all know and love, the Reds win easily.
–Michael Lorenzen — a pitcher — was used as a pinch-hitter tonight. And given the state of the Reds bench, he was probably the best option available. This roster is a dumpster fire.
–Yes, you’re right:
@redlegnation I think Milton is appropriate for tonight
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Joe Akerman (@coachakerman) June 4, 2015
–This Reds team exhausts me sometimes.