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Kratz, Utley Homers Sets Early Tone in Phillies Win

Phillies 6, Reds 2
WP – Roy Halladay (9-7, 3.87)
LP – Mike Leake (7-9, 4.23)

CINCINNATI — Getting to Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake early and often was the goal for Philadelphia.

They did so in the 2nd inning. After a Domonic Brown RBI single, Erik Kratz hit a three-run homer that blew the game open 4-0.

An inning later, Chase Utley hit a two-run homer off Leake to give the Phillies and Roy Halladay a 6-0 lead. It chased Leake from the game in the 3rd inning.

Halladay cruised through 7 1/3 innings, allowing a run on eight hits and a walk while striking out five. He earned his ninth win of the season and lowed his ERA to 3.87.

2B: Mayberry (20). HR: Kratz (9), Utley (10).

Boxscore.

Mayberry, Howard Lead Phillies In Offensive Outburst

Phillies 12, Reds 5
WP – Roy Halladay (7-7, 3.95)
LP – Mike Leake (5-8, 4.59)

PHILADELPHIA — On a day where Roy Halladay didn’t have his best stuff, the offense provided him with enough so he didn’t have to be.

Big days by John Mayberry and Ryan Howard fueled a 12-5 romp of the Reds in Philadelphia, a strong open to a four-game set with the best team in the National League.

The 5th inning provided to be brutal for both starting pitchers. With the Phillies up 3-2, Halladay was tapped for a big three spot in the 5th inning.

Chris Heisey smacked an RBI double to tie the game up 3-3. After Jay Bruce’s RBI single made it 4-3, Bruce got himself caught in a run down to enable Brandon Phillips to score from third and give Cincinnati a 5-3 lead.

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Big Brown Caps 8-Run Rally

The Phillies may have found their swagger. Tonight’s game was one of those games that changes a season and the Phillies breaking out of their funk could possibly start tonight. After erasing a six-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Howard hit a two-run bomb to left-center in the bottom of the 10th to win it for the Phillies, 9-7, over the Reds.

With the score 7-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies started their uphill climb with a lead-off double by Shane Victorino. Then with one out and him on third, Howard singled him home to make it 7-2. After a Jayson Werth single, Greg Dobbs hit a three-run home run off the rightfield foul pole to make it a 7-5 game.

Dobbs’ home run ended starter Mike Leake’s night, who was fantastic in the first eight innings before the colossal melt down. Francisco Cordero came and did not fair any better. To make a long story short, he put a runner on and got an out before Cody Ransom tied the game with a two-run homer.

After a 1-2-3 inning for Ryan Madson in the top of the 10th. With Arthur Rhodes on the hill for the Reds, Raul Ibanez led-off with a double down the first-base line. Howard was up next and he golfed Rhodes’ offering into the flowers in left-center to win the game for the Phillies.

Ibanez and Howard each had three hits for the Phillies with the latter driving in three runs, all of them in the last two innings. Dobbs also drove in three runs and Werth had a pair of hits. Johnny Gomes hit a three-run homer in the first inning off of Joe Blanton.

This is how huge that win for the Phillies was. According to Crashburn Alley’s Twitter, “the Phillies had a 0.5% chance to win entering the bottom of the ninth, per FanGraphs (and) 5% after Dobbs’ HR.

2B: Ibanez 2 (18), Victorino (12). HR: Dobbs (3), Ransom (1), Howard (17).

WP: Madson (2-0). LP: Rhodes (3-3).

Boxscore.

Our very own Dan MacNeal, who is fluent in Spanish, was watching the Phillies game in Spanish and kindly got video footage of our friends from south of the border reacting to Howard’s monster blast:

Series Preview: Reds

Phillies (40-33; 3rd in NL East) at Cincinnati Reds (42-34; 1st in NL Central)

Where: Great American Ball Park (Cincy, OH)
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Probable Pitchers
Mon: Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.71) vs. Johnny Cueto (7-2, 3.97)
Tues: Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.53) vs. Mike Leake (5-1, 2.92)
Wed: Roy Halladay (9-6, 2.29) vs. Aaron Harang (6-7, 5.07)

Broadcast
Mon: 7:10, CSN
Tues: 7:10, CSN
Wed: 12:35, CSN
*all games on 1210 AM

Hot (last 7) – Chase Utley: .360 (9-for-25), 4 R, 4 RBI.
Not: Phils are winners of 5-of-6 and 8-of-11, there isn’t anyone consistently struggling.

Player to Watch – Scott Rolen: He has been a phenomenal story this year. The former Phillies all star third baseman is enjoying a nice season after battling shoulder and back problems the past few years, preventing him from being the power-hitting gold glover he was in Philadelphia and on the world champion Cardinals. Rolen’s batting .300 with 16 homers and 50 RBIs. He’s also slugging his highest (.571) since 2004. Though it will be hard for me to root against him seeing as he’s a boy-hood idol of mine. Sorry Scotty but you’re the enemy for three days (though for other fans, he’s an enemy 365 days of the year).

Series Overview: The Phillies are rolling and are two games down to the Braves and Mets, considerable ground gained from over a week ago… Cincy is throwing out two of their better pitchers on the mound, including Mike Leake, a rookie phenom who is having the attention from him taken away by a certain Stephen Strasburg… Cincy is a lot stronger at home (25-18) while the Phillies are 50/50 on the road (18-17)… Phils won last year’s series 5-2… The Phillies are starting a seven-game road trip.

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