To quote Kevin McCallister: Reds, your bullpen….. WOOF! Cincinnati lost to Philadelphia by a touchdown. Scratch that, it was two touchdowns.
|Philadelphia Phillies (26-29)
|Cincinnati Reds (24-29)
|W: Nola (4-4) L: Gray (1-4)
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After a quiet 1st inning Tyler Stephenson led off the 2nd inning with a single. Tyler Naquin followed up with a home run to put the Reds up 2-0 with his 11th dinger of the year. After watching the lead evaporate, the Cincinnati offense got to working in the bottom of the 4th when Nick Castellanos singled to lead off the inning and extend his hitting streak to 18 games. Tyler Naquin drew a 1-out walk to put two men on, but Kyle Farmer grounded into a double play to end the inning and the threat.
The Reds got things going in the 5th inning, trailing 4-2, when Jonathan India singled with 1-out and then stole second base. Mike Freeman, who entered the game in a double switch when Sonny Gray exited the game, came through with an RBI single to cut the lead for Philadelphia to one.
After the Phillies busted out for a 6-run top of the 6th inning the Reds tried to get something happening when Nick Castellanos doubled and Tyler Stephenson walked. Tyler Naquin grounded into a double play and then Scott Heineman struck out and Cincinnati came away with nothing. They also came away with nothing in the 7th and 8th.
After being spotted a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning Sonny Gray gave up solo home runs to Ronald Torreyes – his 1st of the year – and Odúbel Herrera – his 3rd of the year – as the Phillies tied the game up. The next inning saw the Phillies take the lead after J.T. Realmuto singled on a grounder to Kyle Farmer who threw a short hop to first that got by Tyler Stephenson and saw Realmuto head to second. He’d score the go-ahead run on a 2-out single by Alec Bohm. Philly played add on again in the 5th as Jean Segura singled, stole second base, and then scored on a double by Rhys Hoskins that made it 4-2.
That double led to a pitching change as David Bell called on Heath Hembree to take over for Gray who had thrown 96 pitches in 4.2 innings on the night. Hembree, inheriting a runner on second base, walked the first batter he faced. He rebounded by striking out Brad Miller to end the inning and strand both runners while holding the deficit to two runs. When he returned for the 6th he was not greeted in a pleasant manner as Andrew McCutchen unloaded on a solo homer to lead off the frame to make it 5-3 for the Phillies. After a single to the Alec Bohm it was time to head to the bullpen once again and the Reds turned to Amir Garrett. Former Reds prospect Ronald Torreyes doubled and extended the lead to 6-3. Two pitches later Odúbel Herrera homered for the second time on the day and made it 8-3. Jean Segura followed with a single a pitch later and then Rhys Hoskins hit the ball to Kentucky to make it 10-3. Garrett saw his ERA sitting at 9.56 at the end of the inning.
Cionel Pérez took over in the 7th and tossed a shutout inning. But when he returned for the 8th things didn’t go as well as he walked two batters, gave up a 3-run homer to Andrew McCutchen that made it 13-3, and then a single to Alec Bohm. That’s when the Reds second best reliever, Alex Blandino, entered the game to try and keep it a two touchdown game. And just as predicted, Blandino got the job done as he got Ronald Torreyes to pop up on the 1st pitch he threw and ended the inning. He returned for the 9th inning and allowed the first two batters to reach before getting Nick Maton and Andrew Knapp to fly out. But a walk to J.T. Realmuto loaded the bases for Matt Joyce who took an 89 MPH fastball into the right field stands to make it 17-3.
Mike Freeman took over on the mound with two outs in the 9th to face Archie Bradley who at no point ever showed any attempt to swing at four pitches thrown in the mid-50’s as the crowd cheered on the 11th strikeout of the game so they could potentially get free LaRosa’s pizza.
Notes Worth Noting
Joey Votto was supposed to begin his rehab tonight with the Triple-A Louisville Bats but the game was postponed by rain so it’s going to have to wait until tomorrow.
Nick Castellanos extended his hitting streak to 18 games. That’s the longest streak in Major League Baseball this season, active or not.
Re-Opening Day is surely going to go well on Wednesday after this one today just leaving the fans ready to sprint through the turnstiles.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia Phillies vs Cincinnati Reds
Wednesday June 2nd, 12:35pm ET
Spencer Howard (0-1, 5.56 ERA) vs Vladimir Gutierrez (0-1, 1.80 ERA)