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).
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.