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Phillies Cloyd, Aumont Earn First Win, Save; Beat Reds

Phillies SP Tyler Cloyd allows a run on four hits while striking out nine for his first Major League win against the Reds. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

Phillies 4, Reds 2
WP – Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 2.77)
LP – Johnny Cueto (18-6, 2.58)
SV – Phillippe Aumont (1)

CINCINNATI — It was an afternoon of firsts for a pair of young Phillies right-handers.

Tyler Cloyd never would have guessed his first Major League win would come on the road against the best team in the National League while being opposed by a Cy Young candidate.

But Cloyd did it anyway, besting the Reds offense and Johnny Cueto on a cloudy Monday afternoon in Cincinnati. Then Phillippe Aumont came in to pitch the 9th, earning Cloyd his first Major League win to go along with Aumont’s first Major League save in the Phillies 4-2 win over the Reds.

Cloyd settled down nicely after allowing a 2nd-inning solo home run to Ryan Ludwick. He pitched seven innings, striking out nine while allowing only a run on four hits.

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Bruce’d ego: Madson blows up in 9th

Ryan Madson has the mind of a closer. Too bad he lost the mentality of a middle reliever in the process.

Madson loaded the bases and handed the game over to Cincinnati in the 9th inning as the Reds won, 6-3.

Raul Ibanez has continued his incredible hot run since snapping is 0-for-35 slump. His three hits have improved him to .380 (27-for-71) with seven doubles, four homers and 11 RBIs since the slump busted.

Ibanez’s 2nd-inning double to follow up Ryan Howard’s lead off double tied the score at one. After Carlos Ruiz moved him over to third, Domonic Brown drove him in with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1. It was the first RBI of the season for Brown.

Chase Utley joined Brown for a season first. He singled in the 3rd but failed to get an RBI out of it when Jimmy Rollins was gunned down at the plate. Read more of this post

Can the Phils Bring the Brooms

Never in the 127-year history of Philadelphia Phillies have they swept an opponent in a playoff series. That could all change with a win tonight as the Phils hold a 2-0 series lead on the Cincinnati Reds in the best-of-five NLDS.

Taking the mound for the Phils is Cole Hamels, who is 6-0 with a 1.07 ERA in seven career starts against the Reds.

18 teams have taken a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five NLDS prior to the Phils. All 18 of those teams went on to win the series.

The Reds’ mantra, like the Phillies’ this season, is “one game at a time.” But in order to come back and upset the Phils, they need to go through Hamels, Roy Halladay, and Roy Oswalt in that order. Can it happen? “It can happen. It ain’t goin’ to happen, but it can happen,” said Charlie Manuel yesterday.

The Reds will turn to Johnny Cueto, who was 12-7 this season with a 3.64 ERA, to try and start the comeback. But Cueto struggled down the stretch, recording only one win in the last two months of the season.

The Reds have their work cut out for them and the Phils can taste the champagne waiting for them in the clubhouse. Sit back and wait folks. The fun is just beginning.

Blast Off, Schneider

Phillies catcher Brian Schnieder hits a walk-off home run in the 12th inning against the Reds. (David Swanson, Philly Inquirer)

Brian Schneider’s return to the line up was going to be a much needed improvement over the hole that Dane Sardinha was in the line up. But he made his presence known when he sent a laser into the rightfield seats to lead off the 12th. Schneider’s walk off blast, his third homer of the season, led the Phillies to a 4-3 win over Cincinnati Thursday night.

Kyle Kendrick pitched well in his start against the Reds but wound up getting the no decision. He lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits and a walk while striking out four. He lost the no decision when Ryan Madson, making his first appearance in over two months, allowed the game tying run in the eighth. Brad Lidge then blew a save in the ninth. Nelson Figueroa pitched the last two innings to earn the win.

Schneider’s home run was gone as soon as it left the bat. The bullet rocketed into the rightfield bleachers to greet the joyous fans. This type of win was huge for a team in need of some sort of spark and Schneider provided it in a big way.

Shane Victorino, who called out the fans last night and deservedly so, had himself a big game. The centerfielder went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the first inning. Wilson Valdez had himself a two-hit night. Victorino’s homer tied the game after Joey Votto hit a solo shot in the top of the first, his 22nd of the season.

With the game tied at 1 in the third, Victorino hit a ground ball that scored Jimmy Rollins on a missed catch by pitcher Johnny Cueto. Victorino was not credited with an RBI on the error. Then the Reds tied it up on a wacky play of their own in the eighth. Madson struck out Brandon Phillips but the ball got away from Schneider. Both Madson and Schneider went after the ball and Drew Stubbs, who was on second at the time, kept running and scored with no one covering the plate.

Valdez then led off the bottom half with a triple and later scored on a Jimmy Rollins sacrifice fly. But Lidge blew the save with a runner on third and two outs. He gave up the game tying double to former Phil Miguel Cairo. But Schneider’s blast three innings later made it all better.

3B: Valdez (2). HR: Victorino (14), Schneider (3).

WP: Figueroa (2-1). LP: J. Smith (2-2).

Boxscore.

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Former Phillies coach and a member of the Whiz Kids staff, Robert “Maje” McDonnell, died today in his Philadelphia home. He was 89. He was awarded the Richie Ashburn Special Achievement Award in 2002, is a member of the Villanova Sports Hall of Fame, and has been honored by the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

He was a fan favorite and a great person to those who knew him.

Reds Hand Phillies; Kendrick Huge Blow

Reds 3B Scott Rolen hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning. AP Photo/Al Behrman.

Kyle Kendrick is hit or miss for the Phillies. He proved that again tonight as he got blown up by the Reds’ two leaders, Scott Rolen and Joey Votto. Rolen hit a two run homer and Votto had three hits as the Reds beat Philadelphia 7-3 Monday night in Cincy.

Kendrick is probably the most inconsistent starting pitcher on the Phillies staff. He got rocked for six run, five earned, on eight hits. Johnny Cueto pitched well to earn his eighth win of the year, allowing only one run on six hits and two walks in eight innings.

The Phillies got somewhat of an offensive spark in the ninth inning. Raul Ibanez hit a two-run shot off of Billy Bray that made it a 7-3 game. Ibanez also drove in all three runs for the Phillies. Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth each had a pair of hits in the loss.

Kendrick proved why the Phillies desperately need J.A. Happ back in the rotation. With Jamie Moyer pitching as well as he has and Joe Blanton having the talent to shake himself out of his funk, Kendrick is the obvious odd man out. It will be interesting to see what the Phillies do but that will be discussed when it comes to that.

2B: Howard (14). 3B: Howard (3). HR: Ibanez (6).

WP: Cueto (8-2). LP: Kendrick (4-3).

Boxscore.

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