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Hang ‘Em and Bang ‘Em: Kendrick Surrender’s Huge Homer to Bruce in 6th

Reds 2, Phillies 1
WP – Mat Latos (12-4, 3.69)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (8-10, 3.96)
SV – Aroldis Chapman (35)

CINCINNATI — All Kyle Kendrick had to do was keep his pitches down against Jay Bruce.

But one pitch stayed up and Bruce sent it over the right field wall, giving Cincinnati a 2-1 lead in the 6th and the eventual win over the Phillies. The homer broke up a 1-0 lead that was being preserved by Kendrick in an otherwise great start.

The only run Philadelphia managed to score came in the 4th inning. Domonic Brown drew a bases-loaded walk that enabled Chase Utley to score.

The Phillies were then robbed of a second run when Nate Schierholtz hit a liner into center field. Drew Stubbs clearly trapped the ball but it was ruled a catch. He then threw it to second for the third out.

Two different umpires made different calls and it cost the Phillies an important run.

Jimmy Rollins earned his 200oth hit in the 5th inning with a double down the right field line.

2B: Utley (11), Rollins (32).



Phils complete four-game sweep of Reds

Vance Worley looked strong through six before his rough 7th but still prevailed in the Phillies 6-4 win. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

It was business as usual for the Phillies. They cruised through another mediocre team, with one minor hiccup, to sweep the Reds with a 6-4 win. It was the first time since May of 1916 that the Phils have swept a four-game series in Cincy.

Ryan Howard mashed his 30th home run of the season, guiding the Phillies to their National League leading 87-46 record. The Phillies now sit 41 games about .500, something they haven’t done in well over 30 years. They can play .500 baseball the rest of the way and still tie their franchise record 101 wins.

Vance Worley was seemingly breezing his way through the Reds order until he hit a bit of a snag in the 7th inning. He went 6-plus innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. Six of those K’s came by way of punch-out.

Heading into 7th inning with a 6-1 lead, Worley gave up a lead-off double to Drew Stubbs and a single by Ryan Hanigan before Chris Heisey’s pinch-hit three-run homer made it a 6-4 game and chased Worley from his start.

Michael Martinez hit a two-run homer in the top of the 7th that gave the Phillies a 6-1 lead. At that moment, the homer seemed meaningless but now proved to be important in Worley notching his 10th win of the season.

2B: Pence (31). HR: Howard (30), Martinez (3).

WP: Worley (10-1). LP: Leake (11-9). S: Madson (26).


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

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).



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.