The Phillies had 18 hits, Rhys Hoskins hit two home runs, and Nick Castellanos had three hits as Philadelphia pounded the Reds 11-4 on Tuesday night to guarantee themselves a series win and an opportunity to sweep Cincinnati on Wednesday afternoon.
|Philadelphia Phillies (65-51)
|Cincinnati Reds (45-70)
|W: Gibson (8-5) L: Zeuch (0-2)
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Cincinnati didn’t do much of anything in the first two innings, but they got things rolling in the 3rd inning after the Phillies put up a 2-spot in the top of the frame. TJ Friedl singled to lead off the inning and scored on a Jake Fraley homer that tied the game up. Jonathan India followed up with a homer of his own that put the Reds up 3-2. Cincinnati wouldn’t threaten again offensively until the bottom of the 9th inning when they were down 11-3 and had singles from Kyle Farmer and Albert Almora Jr. put two men on. TJ Friedl came up with two outs and after fouling off six pitches he blooped an RBI single into right field and keep the team alive. Jose Barrero would follow up with a fly out to center to end the game with the Reds only losing by a touchdown.
After working around a single in the 1st inning, T.J. Zeuch really had to clamp down in the 2nd inning after loading the bases with one out, but Derek Johnson made a visit to the mound and whatever he and Zeuch spoke about worked as he picked up a strikeout and a ground out to strand all three runners. He wasn’t as lucky in the 3rd inning as Darick Hall and Nick Castellanos hit back-to-back homers to make it a 2-0 ballgame.
Cincinnati plated three runs to grab a lead in the bottom of the 3rd, but it was short lived. Two singles were followed by a 3-run homer by Rhys Hoskins to give the Phillies a lead that they never relinquished. They would add a run in the 5th, two more on another home run by Hoskins in the 8th, and three more on a Garrett Stubbs homer in the 9th as they jumped ahead 11-3.
But that’s when the fun began as Alejo Lopez came off of the bench to take over for Reiver Sanmartin. He needed just three pitches to retire Bryson Stott and Rhys Hoskins and end the inning.
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