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.

The Reds attacked for the kill in the top of the 9th. The Phils inserted Madson into a non-save situation with the game tied and he could not come through.

Drew Stubbs led off with a single. The Reds then were able to load the bases with two outs for Jay Bruce, who was 1-for-19 with two outs and runners in scoring position, ripped a bases clearing double to make it a 6-3 game.

Vance Worley got the spot start for the injured Joe Blanton. He was solid, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three. He and Reds starter Johnny Cueto were on par for the night. Cueto went six, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out one.

Scott Rolen had a two-hit game with an RBI in the first. His second hit was clutch, loading the bases in the 9th for Bruce. It could have been the go-ahead RBI if Placido Polanco didn’t make a nice stop on the play.

2B: Howard (11), Ibanez (9), Rollins (9), Ruiz (5).

WP: Ondrusek (3-2). LP: Madson (2-1). S: Cordero (9).



-Ross Gload wasn’t available to pinch-hit. Charlie Manuel after the game said that Gload was having some hip soreness.

-Jose Contreras could return to the Phillies Wednesday or Thursday.


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