Another day and another big game for Elly De La Cruz, this time helping lead a rally in the 6th inning that ultimately put the Reds ahead for good. Cincinnati’s 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies earns them at least a split, with a chance to pick up a series win on Thursday afternoon.

Final R H E
Philadelphia Phillies (15-10)
4 11 1
Cincinnati Reds (14-10)
7 10 1
W: Wilson (1-0) L: Dominguez (1-1) SV: Diaz (5)
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Nick Lodolo got himself into some trouble in the top of the 1st inning when he hit Trea Turner with a pitch. Turner stole second base then scored on a single by Alec Bohm to make it 1-0. In the next inning the Phillies picked up a 1-out double and a walk to put two men on, but Lodolo wiggled out of the jam to keep it 1-0. In the 3rd inning he wasn’t as lucky as a leadoff walk came around to haunt him as Kyle Schwarber scored from 1st base on a double by Bohm to push Philadelphia’s lead to 2-0. The Reds offense would get that run back in the bottom of the inning when Will Benson connected on a solo homer that landed in the seats in right center.

Philadelphia was threatening two innings later when they had runners on the corners. Perhaps trying to take a page out of the Reds playbook, Alec Bohm attempted to steal second with Trea Turner ready to take the plate on a throw to second. Tyler Stephenson caught the pitch and faked a thrown to second and Turner bought the fake and broke for home, making it an easy third out of the inning as he was briefly in a rundown before being tagged out heading back to third base.

The 6th inning saw Nick Lodolo give up back-to-back singles to begin the inning, putting runners on the corners. Cincinnati turned to the bullpen and brought in Lucas Sims. He would strike out Cristian Pache for the first out of the inning, but Johan Rojas lined a single into left to bring an insurance run in and put the Phillies up 3-1. After getting a groundout, Sims was replaced on the mound by Justin Wilson to give the Reds a lefty-lefty matchup against Kyle Schwarber and it paid off as the Middletown legend popped up to end the inning.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand walked to lead off the bottom of the inning and moved up to third on a ground-rule double by Tyler Stephenson. Santiago Espinal then came through with a 2-run single that tied the game up. Stuart Fairchild followed up with a walk and that led to a pitching change for the Phillies. Lefty Matt Strahm didn’t get the job done as Will Benson singled in a run to make it 4-3. Elly De La Cruz then followed up with a ground-rule double that brought in another run to put Cincinnati up by two runs.

Emilio Pagan took over for the Reds in the 7th and things went south in a hurry as he allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning before getting a ground out. But then Whit Merrifield doubled in a run, resulting in a pitching change with two men in scoring position for Fernando Cruz in a 1-run game. Cruz picked up a strikeout before getting some help from Will Benson who made a running grab on the warning track in right field to keep Cincinnati in the lead.

The Reds went back to work in the bottom of the inning. They loaded the bases on singles by Tyler Stephenson and Nick Martini, and a walk from Jeimer Candelario. Santiago Espinal then hit a sacrifice fly to make it a 6-4 game and give the Cincinnati bullpen the tiniest amount of wiggle room.

Brent Suter took over for Fernando Cruz to start the 8th inning and he sent them back to the dugout in order on just 12 pitches. In the bottom of the frame Elly De La Cruz picked up a single – his third hit of the night – and then proceeded to steal second and third base before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Spencer Steer. Alexis Diaz took the mound for the 9th inning and worked around a single by getting a game ending double play to guarantee at least a series split for the Reds.

Key Moment of the Game

Elly De La Cruz’s ground-rule double in the 6th inning that put the Reds up 5-3.

Notes Worth Noting

The Reds stole five bases on the night. Three of them were from Elly De La Cruz, who is leading baseball with 15 of them. His three hits also pushed his line on the season to .313/.412/.651. He has 13 extra-base hits in 24 games.

The bullpen didn’t walk a batter in their four innings of relief.

Will Benson, Tyler Stephenson, and Santiago Espinal all had two hits.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Philadelphia Phillies vs Cincinnati Reds

Thursday April 25th, 1:10pm ET

Zack Wheeler (1-3, 2.30 ERA) vs Nick Martinez (0-0, 4.76 ERA)

39 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Another treat to watch. Complete team effort. And the pen was NAILS when we needed it.

    Off to bed. Game on one of my screens tomorrow (though on mute).

  2. Melvin

    EDLC will be flirting with the Triple Crown if he keeps this up….while leading the league in SB. 😉

    • Jonathan

      @Melvin, has Triple Crown winner ever led the lead in SB? Maybe Ty Cobb?

      • Capnhook33

        Ty Cobb is in fact correct. In 1909. He led all the majors in hits, homers, rbis, stolen bases and each part of the slash line. Of course back in that era he only needed 9 homers to lead the league but he did have 76 stolen bases.

      • Melvin

        Wow. Ty Cobb would be pretty good company. 🙂

    • Don

      It’s early, but he’s on pace for 47 HRs, 122 RBIs, and 101 SBs. This doesn’t of course factor in his defense. It would be a historic season for sure.

  3. Jason T.

    Man Elly on base is pure joy to watch as a Reds fan. Continues to raise his bar and just play outstanding baseball.
    Benson and Espinal with some big hits. Stephenson playing so well recently too. CES with 2 walks. All the while Steer hasn’t been himself recently. We know how he can heat up and is such a fun player to watch.
    What a fun team. Bullpen clutch and Lodolo did enough.
    After 2 hits in the opener, mostly everything has gone right for the Reds the past 2 games.

  4. DataDumpster

    Elly still moving up, Cruz and Suter still closing the door, 3 laggards on offense continue to wake up with 2 hits each, clutch hits delivered by the Reds and denied for the other side, even Sims got the job done…overall high point of this season. Great game tonight. No dabs on Bell either. Well, I don’t like anymore to drabble on his blather but today at least, I do like where they are (14-10). Kudos all around.

  5. VaRedsFan

    It’s great how some guys that weren’t contributing earlier, are now stepping up a delivering when the team needs them.

    Candy’s turn is next I hope.
    Although if Indy comes back tomorrow, I’d let Espy play 3rd with Ty as the DH, and give Candy a day off. You have to roll with their hot streaks.

  6. Harry Stoner

    Both Cruzes get it done.

    Nando C has been invaluable.

    Elly is locked in.

    The Clint Hurdle Pirates would be throwing at him.

    The Reds would not have won this game in many years past.

    Great to be around for the changes.

    • LT of the more satisfying wins this season. It’s the type of game Reds need to win moving forwards to have any chance of making the post season

    • Jim Walker

      The Reds would not have won this game in many years past.

      +1000. so very true. They have been very opportunistic vs both the Halo and Phillies in this homestand. Let’s hope it continues. I also hope it is sinking in with the Reds brain trust that this is happening with almost none of the intra game switching out of players to try and gain a derivative advantage which up to now has been a signature of feature of David Bell’s tenure.

      Sure, when the better players are back, use them instead of some of the guys playing now; but, don’t be switching guys around on the diamond and making all the mid game changes just for the sake of a perceived handedness advantage over continuity.

      • greenmtred

        There’s a very reasonable chance that the Reds would have won this game last year. They either led or were among the leaders in come from behind wins. You may be right about the continuity issue, Jim, but this also may be a situation in which the cat can be skinned in multiple ways. The sort of very specific match-up information now used by MLB teams could confer a situational advantage over the set lineup, but it’s hard to tell. Elly is one of the big stories in this win, but is his rapid emergence a consequence of the more static lineup? Or is it a consequence of a supremely talented young player’s work ethic and growing comfort with the level of play in MLB? Or both?

      • Jim Walker

        @Optimist>> The thing that set last night above recent prior years for me was that the pen and offense pulled together to get the Reds back into the game and keep them there.

        The pen kept the damage to 1 run in the 6th. Then the offense plated 4 to take a 2 run lead.

        The Phils were right back on the Reds in the 7th. Thanks to some sloppy defense, they had scored a run and had runners on 2nd and 3rd with only 1 out; but, the Reds pen stopped them cold.

        Not to be outdone, the Reds offense came back in the bottom of the 7th to cancel the Phillies 7th inning run with 1 of their own then plated another in the 8th to open up some breathing space for Diaz in the 9th.

        These efforts made this a special game.

  7. RedlegScott

    Lodolo did his job. Bullpen outstanding with one exception- wasn’t his day. Offense got it done. Watching Elly is like watching a cheetah out there. Great game, guys.

    • Jim Walker

      Pagán did not get much help from his defense though. In the 7th, Cadelario double clutched a probable GIDP chance into a simple force out at 2B then on the next hitter, Benson coughed up a line drive he appeared to have run down and gloved. If those 2 plays get cleanly made, the Phillies go scoreless for the inning.

  8. Mike W

    Elly is becoming phenomenal.
    Needs to hit 2nd or 3rd every game.
    GM needs to extend his contract like he did Hunter’s.
    Let’s go Reds!

    • Harry Stoner

      If Benson and EDLC stay hot, they make a deadly 1-2 punch in the batting order.

      • TR

        And Friedl will probably be returning soon. Speed on the bases and a well placed bunt, which Friedl can do, will turn a game around. The Reds are getting offense when needed, and solid relief pitching.

    • 2020ball

      Doubtful he signs an extension with what he’s showing now, they’d have to pony up.

      Bat him leadoff yesterday please.

  9. RedsGettingBetter

    Elly de la CRUSH stays very hot. Great game and win!
    At this point , I consider the mission is accomplished in this series vs the tough Phillies so since it’s literally unlikely defeating twice Zack Wheeler in back-to-back matchups (remember Reds beat Wheeler 2 weeks ago) however it also could be a kind of no-decision game for him and the Reds will take the fourth to win the series…
    BTW, I thought Ashcraft was scheduled to start tomorrow but I am reading it’s Nick Martinez…

    • Harry Stoner

      Reds better bring their lumber.

      I don’t see Martinez going 6 innings, and he won’t be available in relief of himself.

      Bell used 7 pitchers in the win tonight.

      Hopefully, Pagan and Wilson might be able to bounce back after their short stints.

      Going to be Buck Farmer time.

      • greenmtred

        Suter might be available; he didn’t throw very many pitches.

      • GreatRedLegsFan

        Sims and Pagan pushing the ropes out of the bullpen roster, two spots will be needed soon when Montas and Gibaut return from IL.

  10. Frostgiant80

    Are we supposed to be afraid of May’s schedule? Maybe May’s schedule should be afraid of the Reds! Honestly, I can’t help but think we could be witnessing the next Red’s great materialize before our eyes. It just seems different. Okay…now I will go back to trying to temper expectations, lol.

    • Chad A Donnell

      The Reds will need to play some Chuck Norris baseball in May lol. Great take!

    • redfanorbust

      I agree with you about teams should at least not be looking at the Reds as pushovers as in years past. Now if we were full strength not having lost 33% of our top starters to extended injury/stupidity then there probably would be other teams not wanting to play us. It is to credit of the Reds (and the schedule) that we are 4 games over.

  11. SultanofSwaff

    The Phillies broadcast team was a little chapped all night. They weren’t fans of Suter ‘quick pitching’ in his inning of work, but their color commentator Ben Davis really didn’t like it when Elly was awarded third base because Sosa blocked the bag with like his whole leg. Davis argued the rule should be abolished and ‘let the players police that’ kind of stuff. In other words, he’s advocating for beanball wars that further risk injuries to players…..on top of the obvious risk of injury to the baserunner (notice Elly got up shaking his hand/wrist?). What a bad take.

    • PTBNL

      I’m sure he’d have a different take if Trey Turner would break his hand on a slide like that.

  12. Jim Walker

    The Reds win Wednesday means they have assured themselves of winning the season series vs the Phillies (up 4-2 with 1 to play). This may seem like a small accomplishment at the moment, but recall come Oct, head-to-head is the first tiebreaker in a 2 way tie for a playoff spot/ seeding and also the top tiebreaker in a multi team scrum if an individual team holds it over all of the other teams in the scrum.

    • Mark Moore


      It’s definitely a big deal in the larger scheme of things.

  13. old-school

    Tough pitcher but hopefully Phillies are in get to the airport and outta town mode.
    With another good week from Elly, he could very well be the NL player of the month. Mookie and Ketel Marte having fabulous months and Ohtani is best hitter in the game right now. but Elly brings the speed and SB and electricity. Love to see him get that award.

    • Brian

      Really fun collection of NL talent right now. 🙂

  14. ClevelandRedsRan

    It’s time for some not so crazy comps, specifically looking at advanced batting stats. This gets wild.

    Player 1 (career)
    Average: .279
    OBP: .393
    OPS: .974
    HR rate: 7%
    Strikeout rate: 29%
    BB rate: 15%
    Exit velocity: 96
    Hard hit %: 59%

    Player 2 (2024):
    Average: .313
    OBP: .412
    OPS: 1.063
    HR rate: 7%
    Strikeout rate: 32%
    BB rate: 13%
    Exit velocity: 92
    Hard hit %: 50%

    So basically, player 1 walks a bit more strikes out a bit less…hits the ball a bit harder…and has hard hits a bit more frequently. But, player 2 hits for more average. Bottom line is both have very similar profiles.

    Player 2 – you guessed it – is 2024 EDLC. Player 1 – hold on to your hats – is Aaron Judge. Ever heard of that guy?

  15. Hanginwithem

    The Phils are a different team without their best player, Bryce Harper. He’ll be back in the center of their lineup today.