Cincinnati didn’t record a hit until Tyler Stephenson’s solo homer in the 8th inning as Matt Moore and the Phillies bullpen got the job done on the mound. The Reds defense had some issues, and Sean Doolittle giving up three runs in the bottom of the 8th inning put any comeback plans out of reach as Philadelphia won 6-1 to set up Sunday’s game for the winner to take the series.
|Cincinnati Reds (63-55)
|Philadelphia Phillies (61-56)
|W: Moore (2-3) L: Castillo (6-12)
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The Cincinnati Reds had zero hits through the 7th inning. Matt Moore kept the Reds hitless through the 6th and then Héctor Neris did the same in the 7th. But Archie Bradley did not have the same fate as Tyler Stephenson unloaded on a 3-1 fastball and put it over the wall in right field to get the Reds on the board in both the hit and run column.
Hits are cool. pic.twitter.com/kxYIgVzKiP
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 14, 2021
The good vibes didn’t last very long as the Phillies scored three runs in the bottom of the 8th to take “a bloop and a blast” off of the bingo card for the offense to tie things up. The Reds sent the top of their lineup to the plate in the 9th. Jonathan India flew out to shallow center to begin things. Kyle Farmer singled on a hard grounder to third base, but Nick Castellanos struck out to leave the Reds final opportunity up to Joey Votto. He popped out to end the game.
Luis Castillo had a perfect game through the first two innings. But former Cincinnati Reds prospect Ronald Torreyes got his revenge on the club for trading him away as he led off the 3rd inning with a home run to put the Phillies on top 1-0. That’s where the score stayed until the 6th inning when a leadoff single led to a run on a 2-out double by J.T. Realmuto.
Things got a bit dicey for Castillo in the 7th inning. After Andrew McCutchen struck out to begin the inning, Brad Miller walked and then Ronald Torreyes continued his revenge tour with a bunt single to put two men on with just one out. A pop up to Tyler Stephenson brought up another former Red, Travis Jankowski and like Torreyes, he got his revenge with a line drive RBI single that made it 3-0. That was the end of the day for Castillo as Jeff Hoffman entered the game with runners on the corners. Hoffman got the job done as he induced a ground out to end the inning.
Sean Doolittle entered for the bottom of the 8th to face the 2-3-4 portion of the lineup. He walked J.T. Realmuto to begin the inning. Bryce Harper then line a triple into right-center past a diving Nick Castellanos. The throw back to the infield to Kyle Farmer was fine, but then he lobbed the ball towards the pitchers mound area where Joey Votto was sort of at, but walking back towards first base, and when Tyler Stephenson raced to try and grab the ball, Harper broke for home and scored as no one was covering the plate and made it a 5-1 ballgame. That score didn’t last long as Andrew McCutchen followed with a Didi Gregorius strikeout with a 385-foot homer to make it 6-1. After allowing three runs, Doolittle finally started recording outs and held Philadelphia from there for the rest of the inning.
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