The Reds made it a close game late thanks to a Jake Fraley home run in the 8th inning, but Cincinnati couldn’t complete the comeback as Mike Minor fell to 1-10 on the season in a 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
|Philadelphia Phillies (64-51)
|Cincinnati Reds (45-69)
|W: Syndergaard (7-8) L: Minor (1-10) SV: Dominguez (9)
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Cincinnati’s offense got something going in the 2nd inning when Albert Almora Jr. doubled and Matt Reynolds singled to put runners on the corners. Two outs later it was Michael Papierski coming through with the key hit, a 2-run single, to put the Reds in front 2-0.
The Reds bats went rather quiet moving forward until Jake Fraley led off the 8th inning with a home run to cut the Phillies lead to 4-3. That also ran Noah Syndergaard from the game as Philadelphia turned to their bullpen. It worked the rest of the way in the 8th as David Robertson kept Cincinnati off of the board. Seranthony Dominguez did the same thing in the 9th as the Reds comeback fell just short.
Mike Minor had to work around two hits in the 1st inning and another hit in the 2nd inning, but he did just that and was rewarded with a two run lead heading into the 3rd. But that’s when things began to fall apart. The lefty allowed four singles and a walk in the 3rd and saw the Phillies score three runs and take the lead. Two innings later Philadelphia got back-to-back doubles from Jean Segura and Edmundo Sosa to extend their lead to 4-2. After allowing four runs in five innings, Minor was finished and David Bell turned the game over to the bullpen.
Ian Gibaut threw a shutout 6th inning, but it wasn’t easy as he allowed a single and two walks before escaping a bases loaded jam by striking out Nick Castellanos. Luis Cessa followed up with a perfect 7th inning and a perfect 8th inning before Hunter Strickland came out for the 9th. Kyle Farmer made an outstanding play to rob Alec Bohm of a hit to start the inning, which turned out to be a key play as J.T. Realmuto doubled off of the wall in center to follow and may have led to an additional run. Strickland buckled down from there and struck out Castellanos and Jean Segura to end the inning and hold the deficit to a run.
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